July 23, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"Can You Hear Me Now?"

1 Kings 19:12

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

I don’t’ know if this has ever happened to you (I don’t have an up-to-date phone), but there are times when I lose my signal. For the life of me, I can’t explain how I was in one spot and then it just drops. When the signal is weak, I have to get in a position and eventually move to another (re-positioning) to find the best signal for me. While moving from one spot to the other, I normally ask the person “can you hear me now?” I want them to know that I am still here and that I can hear them, but I wonder if they can hear me. Sometimes, during a storm, the signal is so bad the phone looks at me and says “forget this” and shut off. That is the time I will have to get out my comfortable spot and find a place where I can talk (if I am going to continue the conversation).

Elijah was at the point that he was so distracted of what Jezebel and the Israelites were doing, that he had forgotten what God had called HIM to do. There was so much going on; Jezebel had slain many prophets and the children were worshipping other gods. But Elijah was told to go stand for God and not to worry about what was going on in the world; God would provide for him. God had him stand on a mountain and in three instances, things passed by Elijah: a strong wind, an earthquake, and a fire (v11), but God was not in those things. It wasn’t until after these things there was “a still, small voice”. We have so many things that come in our lives, some may distract us from what we are called to do. We have the strong winds of disgust, the earthquake of problems and the fires of everyday life that we forget about the still, small voice. The voice that says “I have you, “you are my child”, “I won’t let you fall”. The voice that says “my plans for your life are to prosper and be in good health”, yes that’s the voice we are missing. We seemed to have lost the signal and God is asking “can you hear Me now?”

He is still in the same place, doing the same thing but WE are the ones who have gotten out of position. 2Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”; now you tell me, can you hear God now? It is time to find a better signal than what we have. It is time to re-position ourselves and get out of the comfort zone. If you are enduring a storm right now, don’t drop your signal; get re-connected with the source.  Move around, get in a place where you can hear and talk to God. Don’t let the distractions and the forces keep you from grace and mercy. As the Verizon commercial goes, don’t stop in one spot when you are connected, continue to move and gain ground on your destiny.

Can You Hear Me NOW!!!!

Copyright 2014 Dwayne T. Moore
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July 22, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"It Wasn't The Nails"

John 18:31-40
Hebrews 10:4, 9-12

Imagine being before you were born (yes, before) that you are to sacrifice yourself for other people. You are told how you will sacrifice and what will happen; how even though you have done this, some still will not take heed. You have amazed many with your knowledge and confused others; saved, healed, and delivered a few more…not to mention fed a few thousand people a few times. Now the time has come and your hour is at hand…you must go through with your mission but you are getting afraid. You ask that this very thing be taken from you and when you get the answer, you are at peace with it and go through with the mission. You are finally captured, tortured, beaten, and spat upon. You are told to take up a cross on your back and walk through the streets; the streets that once rang out praises you, now they are condemning you. You haven’t done a thing wrong, but yet you are hanging among thieves. Even when you are about to give up your last breath, one of the men looks and says "IF you are really on this mission and you are who you say you are…save yourself and us". Yes, you could have come down from the cross, but it wasn’t the nails keeping you there.

Someone maybe feeling like they are going through to be going through. You have been in a situation and it feels like everyone has turned their backs on you…but it’s not for your benefit that you are there. Some have done the things God has asked, but even in that, people still fail to “get it”…but it’s not for you. You have been beaten with insults, tortured by broken promises, spat on from the mouth of hatred but it’s is not for you. You have asked God to take it away, but He has you there for a reason. You MUST go through this so that HE can get the glory. It’s not the nails that are keeping you there, but it is the love that He has for others. You may not realize who is watching you until it is over…but it is love that is holding you up. I know you want to give up, but hold on just a little while. He is sending his angel to give you strength to endure. He loves you so much that He wants others to come to Him by using you.

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July 21, 2014

Monday's Word-"Holding On To Dead Things"

Mark 10:19-22 (NASB)

19 You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 
20 And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” 
21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 
22 But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

Dead Things...
Things that can't do you any good. Things that have run their course and now...are dead. Things that can be weight that we really don't need. Things that can hold us back from making it in the kingdom. Now...most of you would probably agree with every statement except the last one. How can dead things keep me from seeing Heaven you ask...well, I'm glad you asked. Some of us have been walking around with dead things and didn't realize they were dead.

In the scripture today, we have a young fella that wanted to know about eternal life and how it can be obtained. Jesus asked did he "know the commandments"; "know' coming from the Greek word "oida" meaning "to have an understanding of". This young man understood and had been taught the commandments just as many of us. He knew that this he was on the right road and wanted to go further, just like many of us. But then Jesus said, you now have to do one thing...give up you things and follow me (v21). THIS thing was the separation of eternal life and the young man because he didn't want to let go of his things...just like many of us.

Can you see the young man in all of us...at one point in time, not wanting to let the dead things go? Well, what do I mean by dead things...let me tell you. How many people will take their possession with them to the grave? The possessions you have, money you have, property you own, etc., is WORTHLESS in Heaven...or Hell. They are dead...but they are running and ruining your life. Notice what Jesus said in the end of verse 21. He said "(in reference to the man's things) you will have treasure in heaven". All he (the young man) had to do is give up the dead things for eternal things (someone just caught that). Give up what you have, He has things that are so much better.

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July 18, 2014

Friday's Word-"Help Wanted"

Matthew 9:37-38

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;    
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Have you ever applied for a job after seeing a "Help Wanted" sign? Usually this sign means that there is a desperate need for assistance. It's not saying that the work is not being done, but it is saying that there is more work than people or employees. It is a cry to anyone pass get by that if you WANT to work, there is a place you can do it here. Be mindful that you will have to deny everything else, learn from the boss and go to work.

On this Christian walk, there is still plenty of work, but not enough workers. Even after so many years, people are still not going inside to ask what the work entails. Their have been some hires and fires, some dismissals and some layoffs, some have committed crimes and some have simply walked off the job. Some have looked at the payment schedule and said they can't wait that long for payment. But the work must be done. The career path is marginal, few will have it. But the retirement plan is heavenly. Remember,  before you apply, you will have to deny yourself, learn from the Boss and go to work.

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July 17, 2014

Thursday's Word-"The Judas Test"


The Judas Test
Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

I have had a problem on the job. I had applied for a similar position within my organization twice and had been passed over…twice. The last time I was overlooked for an interview. The people in charge are the same people that have looked in my face and smiled while plotting to do things behind my back. As the interviews were taking place, I was beginning to grow colder (yes, we do that too); I even told a co-worker I was done with the whole office. But I received a word from a friend and it came in form of a message and a passage. The message was from Dr. OS Hillman and he used the above scripture. He spoke about his incident with a friend turned foe and how it turned back around. He spoke that God showed him, through the scripture, how to treat him. But what he said was this particular statement: "as I argued with God, I remembered that Jesus, before He was betrayed, got down on His knees and washed the feet of Judas Iscariot, His enemy". NOW…imagine this! You KNOW the man that will give you up, lie on you, and do it for a sum of money. You KNOW he knows all about your life, your teachings, your miracles and all. You KNOW that he had spoken with the enemy before and tonight is the night…and you are STILL going to serve him. Yes, Jesus had to go through with the cross and yes He had to go to the grave to rise again, but did He have to be betrayed? Even in being betrayed, did He have to serve His enemy? He said to love them…bless them…do good to them…pray for them…what are you doing? Are you passing or failing?

The Judas test is something to see what you will do. Everyone is not exempted from taking the test. There are some of you right now that are taking the test now. Some…FEW have passed with flying colors while the others…may have a retake. But the question is; how will you do? Are you able to meet your Judas and serve him? Will you act or react to what they do like them or like Jesus? Will you sit and whine because of what they do at work or will you work as if Jesus is paying? Will you throw mud on the feet of them that hurt you or will you wash their sins with water (did you catch that)? Understand that when you throw mud on their feet, the mud that is on their feet is now on your hands. You are just as dirty as they are. But when you wash with water, a cleansing agent, everything has been purified by the process. There is nothing holding you back because you are clean; you have given them to Jesus and He will always pass His test.

EAT away my pride
RUN away my fear
ENJOY my heart
SMILE at Your child

Work Your Faith
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