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. 

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November 18, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"Roll The Stone Away"

Roll The Stone Away
John 11:39, 41

"Jesus said, Take ye away the stone… Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid…"

You have been there too long. They have checked your vitals and there was nothing there. They didn't try CPR because it was a waste of time. They didn't see the need to place you in a regular place, but decided to take you in a cave…and if that wasn't good enough, they placed a stone in the way. They figured that you didn't stand a chance and nothing or no one would worry about you anymore. There was no one there for you; you have cried out to God but there was no answer. The tears of your family are around now, but there is nothing for them to do. But even in the midst of your sorrow, there is still a sound of praise. 

It may seem that you have exhausted all that you have…and there is nothing that has been or can be done for you. You feel that the situation is unmovable, unwarranted…dead. The ones around you have seen you walk around knowing that this is taking you away to the point, they have taken your remains to the cave and placed the stone in front. But they have forgotten who you are and who's you are. Jesus said that THIS thing…THIS problem…THIS situation…THIS sickness is not unto death but for God's glory (John 11:4). But the cave is not the problem, it is the stone. You are in the place, but there is something blocking you. Most of you KNOW the answer to the problem facing IF you can just move the thing blocking you. Most of you can correct the situation IF you just get pass the blockage. Most of you know what to do IF you can just move the stone.

The stone is a movable object, but it takes some things, some people, some corporate help to get it out of the way. Are you saying that Jesus couldn't move the stone? No…but what I am saying is that the people that put you in the cave and rolled the stone in front will be the same ones to roll the stone away. The ones that saw you get in will be the ones to help you get out; the stone must roll away. There are some people that are close to you that have literally placed you in your clothes. They have marched you down to your burial and have placed something in front. The thing could be based on tradition, man-made laws, the favoritism of another person, etc., whatever the case maybe. They are ready to leave you, but Jesus is telling them to roll the stone away. There is work for them to do, roll the stone. I'm not done with them, roll the stone. It is MY decision to do what I wish with them, roll the stone away. I am the Author and Finisher, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…HOW DARE YOU put something in front of MY Child…MOVE the stone. 

When God is not finished with you, don't worry about the man-made graves they try to put you in. Don't worry about the cave or the big boulders they place in front of it. Don't worry about the back and forth of bickering, the ups and downs of lies, the push asides and turnarounds of traditions…Jesus is standing there tell them to roll the stone away. 

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November 17, 2014

Monday's Word-"Still Here"

Still Here

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. John 10:29  

I have been listening to a song by 21:03 entitled "Still Here". BOYYYYY, I tell you I almost wrecked the car when the song started. It is a testimony written by one of the members that had lost his mother and father in a span of 18 months. I don't know what he went through but I'm pretty sure his faith was tested at that point. But even in this I can see that even though things were going on around him, God had His Hands on him. I didn't know how real the song would be that week, but as I looked back over my life, I could see some things that God had brought me through when I COULD have been gone. Even last week, with the weather being the way it was in South Florida, He had His Hands around me. There was a tornado that hit in the area and as with bad weather, accidents on every side, but in the midst, glory to God, He keep me in the hallow of HIS HANDS. Do you understand that the safest place in THIS world is in His Hands? 

Think back to the game of hide and seek; you were to hide in a place where the seeker could find you and you had to make it safely to home before you were caught. Well, in life, we are playing the same game, but this is the REAL game. Bible says, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalms 91:1). When you duck and dodge the seeker (that low down deceiver), when you find that secret place, when you let go of the world and begin to seek refuge in the Almighty, THEN will you in a safe place and he can't tag you or say "you are it". Oh Family, don't worry about what is going on, He has you here for a reason. When you are born, you are already making preparations for the grave, but He wants you to do a work, before you go. No, I'm not saying everyone will see the grave, but I'm saying while you are in His Hands, you are okay. Everything going bad around me, but I'm still here…Family is ill, but I'm still here (Thank You Lord)…friends walk away, but, GOD, I'M STILL HERE!!!! Take comfort in knowing that no matter what comes, when God has His Hands around you, you are safe. He won't leave you, nor forsake you. He loves you and you are still here.

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