November 26, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"He's There For Me"

He's There For Me
Psalm 28:7

The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in him. He gives me help and makes me glad; I praise him with joyful songs. Psalm 28:7 GNT

There have been difficult times in the last few days. We have seen things turn for the worst in this country and it feels like nothing or no one really cares. Crimes have been committed on the one that are to be protected, which has caused this country's heart to suffer. The pressures of the minorities to see action and the restraint of the oppressors will soon cause this country to go in cardiac arrest. But even in this dark time, He is still there for me. I know it may not seem like it, I know your minds are finding it hard to wrap yourself around the idea, but He is there.

In these prayer for help lyrics, the writer is requesting God's grace and power. He is asking God not to forget about him and don't let His wrath fall on him and remember, it was the wicked that did this to You...all of these things he is saying to God. But when we get to this verse, his whole speech pattern changes and he speaks very boastfully by saying that He will protect and defend me. He is saying that He knows what I am going through, He knows my struggles and shortcomings, He knows what folk are trying to do...and He will fight for me. He knows I didn't say it, they did...He knows I didn't plant that, they did...He knows the backdoor meetings, but He has your back.

Family, in short, God knows. God sees it all and through it all, He will protect and defend us. The day maybe dark, but hold on. You may feel like giving up, but stay strong. The deck is stacked, but God will prevail. Because He protects and defends, because He gives me help and makes me glad, I will trust in Him and with my lips, sing a joyous song. The story isn't over, the battle is still being fought, just realize the war is already won. He can't let you down.

Copyright 2014 Dwayne T. Moore
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November 25, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"The Encourager"

The Encourager
by Kimberly Leath

Family, In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (I Thessalonians 5:18).  I was listening to a minister on television on Sunday and I would like to share what he said.  He said that full-time workers are different from part-time workers because full-time workers have benefits.  Then he went on to say, how can we as Christians expect the full-time benefits from God, when we are only on working for Him on a part-time status?  This is resonated deep in my spirit.  I certainly had to repent.  I asked myself the question, am I doing all that I can do for the kingdom?  Family, unfortunately answer is no.  But, thanks be to God, today I have another opportunity to do what I can do, to share the love of Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving Day is approaching and many people are making plans to share the holiday with family and friends.  My challenge to you is not just to observe the day, but to incorporate a spirit of ‘thanksgiving’ in your lives every single day.  Being thankful is an expression of gratitude.  When someone does something for us, we say thank you.  Imagine if you purchased lunch for someone, they took the food and didn’t say thank you.  How would you feel?  Some of us probably would not buy lunch for that person ever again. So, how many times have God done things for us and we failed to say those two little words, thank you?

In the 17th chapter of the book of Luke, beginning at the 11th verse, Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  He is met by ten lepers, who asked Jesus to have mercy on them.  He told them to go and show themselves to the Priest.  As they went, they were cleansed.  When one of them realized that he was healed; he turned back, glorified and praised God with loud voice.  He then fell at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.  Family, the other nine just kept right on going never saying thank you.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be like the nine, I want to be like the ONE!  The ONE who woke me up this morning.  The ONE who gave me the car to get to the job that He gave me.  The ONE who saved me, even though all of my righteousness is like filthy rags.  The ONE who loves me even when I am unlovable.  The ONE who gave his only begotten Son so that I have eternal life.  Family, this is the best benefit package ever.  It is the gift that keeps on giving.  No one can beat God giving.

Family, if you would just take 60 seconds to thank God for all that he has done for you just today alone, you will be surprised how long your list is.  God is truly an awesome God! Thanksgiving should be a lifestyle, not just a singular event.  So as we gather with are family and friends, let’s remember to give thanks to God.  He owns all that we have; we are his servants.  No matter what situations you are currently facing, God loves  you so much more than you can ever imagine.  May favor, blessing, and increase abide in you today and evermore!

Copyright 2014 Kimberly Leath
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November 21, 2014

Friday's Word-"Letting Go"

Letting Go
Mark 10:17-22

17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 
19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 
20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

We tend to hold on to things that can keep us from progressing to our future place of destiny. I used an analogy of eating the wrong food. I was attending a cookout and ate some pork ribs knowing that they were not good for me. The next day, I woke up with a terrible headache and felt very bad. But at the same time, I knew what it came from. Had I let go of doing the thing that would do me no good (holding on to the thing), I would not have awaken in a terrible state and would be feeling better (my future place of destiny). Some of us are still holding on to past events, issues, bad feelings, etc., that are suffocating our chances to reach our future potential. But these things can't help us or have no value to the place we are going.

This young man knew or had been schooled in the scriptures from the time he was a kid. He had obviously been use to the finer things in life and wanted to also follow Christ with all his baggage. "Baggage???" You say...yes baggage. He felt that he (the young man) had a chance to further his education by following the Master with keeping his earthly possessions. The things that you accumulate here won't do you any good IF you make it in Heaven. Job said naked I came and naked I shall return..when you leave here, you can't take a thing with you. We hold on to the good things as well as the bad...great possessions this man had. But just like us, this man knew the word, too. Many of us know the things we need to give up and like this man we are grieving to release those things.

Learning to let go is the thing that will help us make the necessary steps to get closer to our destiny. Whatever it is, family, let it go. Earthly value is worthless to Heavenly life. You can't drive a Cadillac through the pearly gates. Your retirement plan won't buy your mansion in the sky. On the flip side, being mean to your neighbor and then shouting over the church isn't getting you closer to God, it's just making you are getting your exercise in for the week. Jesus wants us to let go of your possessions and trust Him when you follow Him. Don't look at it as losing all you worked for, but rather getting an award that is priceless and forever. The tangible things you see can't compare to the intangible. He has better things for us, but we have to let go.

Copyright 2014 Dwayne T. Moore
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November 20, 2014

Thursday's Word-"Can These Bones Live?"

Can These Bones Live?
Ezekiel 37:2-4

2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

Being exposed to the elements and not being covered can make you dry. It is a feeling that can leave you hurting due to the lack of moisture. Have you ever seen pictures of dry places; where the winds cut across the landscape and while picking up dust uncovers the ground that is cracking? Yes, this is a part of what can and will happen when dryness is in our lives, but is there a way out? Is it possible to get out of the dryness of the world? Is it too late to be able to see the freshening of yesterday? Can these dry bones live?

As we look in our world today, we see that the world and all its majesty have become dry. Like the scene of a desert picture, the world is a backdrop of what used to be. There are signs of what we used to have, but they are being carried away by the winds of time. Lies, crimes, mischievous behavior and the breaking of God's laws are exposing man and his comfort of being covered is confiscated. Man's relationship with God has always been rocky because of man's sin nature and pride, but now man seems to think he can become as a god. Man has been persuaded by his thoughts and feels that he is better off without the moisture of God's word…but can these bones live?

Is it possible for man to be able to live after being dry? The great thing about our God is He is forgiving and wants man to return to Him. Every day we spend out of His safety, we become dry. Not only does it affect our outward appearance but it goes into our inner beings. As a bone, we still can look like our former self, but on the inside we are dry. We can still look the part, but we feel differently on the inside. The love that we once felt we can't seem to go there anymore because of the dryness. The smile we once had has turned down because of the lack of moisture. The joy that once flowed down from you is now a drop because of the hurt. Man's wickedness and high-mindedness are engulfing us only to leave us dry; but can we live? Can we restore the marrow of yesterday's promise? Can we get out of the valley and join together in love? Can we get on one accord and trust our God to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think? My answer to this is yes; but the better question is WILL the bones live?

Copyright 2014 Dwayne T. Moore
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November 19, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"God Delivers"

God Delivers
Matthew 6:13

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:13

I know that some maybe facing problems or some maybe at a crossroad, but understand that you are not there alone. It may feel like the ones that were with you have left you in a cloud of smoke, but you stand firm on the word of God. Know that every thing that comes your way, HE is able to get you out of them. But even if He doesn't, He is still God and God can deliver.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…we seem to have this problem already. We have so many things that tempt us daily. Anything from a doughnut to television commercials, we are constantly battling. But it is not by God that the temptations come; but the enticement is made by things we shouldn't have. If you know you shouldn't have any salt for your diet, why have salt on the table? If you know you have a weakness for cake or cookies, why make it your business to go by a pastry shop? Half of the time, temptation, and evil, can be avoided if we would keep our minds right. But He KNEW we would go towards temptation and He KNEW that evil would be a stone's throw away. I know I made the mistake (temptation) but break the chain (deliver). I know I gave in (temptation) but loose the band (deliver). I know he has a hold on me (temptation), but snatch me out of his hands (deliver). 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever…understand that if, when, how, where, what we get in He can get us out. The old folk used to say "He made us and He knows all about us". He knows your shortcomings and your successes, He knows your trials and your triumphs, He knows what will happen, when it happens, why it happened and what it will take to get you out. For HIS belong the kingdom (He reigns) and the power (He's strong) and the glory (His recognition). He wants to take for His own; He wants to love you. He knows how things will be with you, what will trip you up. He knows what you will stumble into tomorrow…but He delivers. 

Copyright 2014 Dwayne T. Moore
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