December 17, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"Faith Cometh"

Faith Cometh
Romans 10:13-17

You are driving down the road and while driving you notice something wrong with your car. You can hear a rotating sound getting louder as you speed up and when you slow down, the sound becomes longer. You get out of the car to check things out, but before you can see the flat tire, you have already heard the sound of the tire. Those with children…you are taking a nap (we do that when we get old) and you hear this high pitched sound coming from another room with your name attached to it. You awake to the sound, but before you can see what's in the next room, you hear that something is going on. Why is hearing so important? Well, as an infant, your vision is not fully developed early. You will be able to see, but not as a person that has lived for years. But you will be able to distinguish between sounds. Babies respond to sound (and touch) before they can fully see. When you teach his body parts (eyes, ears, nose, etc.) the child hears the words and then points to them before they can actually say them. The word "hearing" is synonymous with "understanding", listening", "paying attention" and "taking notice".

So what is more important, hearing or seeing? Proverbs 20:12 says that both are made the same by God. But can you see without eyes or hear without ears? Well, without sight you can use your imagination to see and for the hearing impaired, there is sign language (which is the ears for them).  Luke 18:35-38 tells of the story of the blind man on the Jericho road. He started out begging and heard the multitude passing by. When he found out that Jesus was coming by, he went from begging to praying. Did he know what Jesus looked like? No, but maybe from the time he was a child, he had heard of the coming Messiah. Maybe, he heard about him from the passing people or from his family and friends…but however it came to him, he HEARD it. By Him hearing Jesus was coming by, his faith was put into action to cry out to Him.

How can you believe in something you know nothing about? Faith cometh by hearing (understanding, listening, paying attention, taking notice) and hearing (understanding, listening, paying attention, taking notice) by the word of God. You have to be able to understand what is being said, meaning sound teaching. When we hear something that sounds good to us, we want to know more about it. Think about that favorite song; what captivated you to continue to listen? Every time you heard that song, seemed like everything stopped around you just for those couple of minutes. You started to memorize and recite the words, researching the artist, etc. all because of a sound; the same with the gospel. We didn't fully understand the words but we knew that something good would come out of it. We knew that it sounded like music in our ears. We started to get into it and when we began to read, seemed like everything stopped for the time we were reading. Then we started memorizing certain things and reciting them over a situation. We began to research and see who said what and who went where in order to get a deeper understanding. 

Faith cometh…"the substance of things hoped for" cometh…"the evidence of things not seen" cometh by hearing, by understanding, by listening, by paying attention, by taking notice, and hearing, understanding, listening, paying attention, taking notice by the word of God. Job 42:5 says, I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Get in the word, listen to sound doctrine, hear the sweet sound of the gospel. 

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December 16, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"Throw Jonah Overboard"

Throw Jonah Overboard
Jonah 1:10-17

How many of us have held on to something that was not good for us? Whether it be a relationship, person, place, lifestyle, etc., it was on the verge of bringing us to a place of no return. It didn't matter what was going on, we felt good; it was like the old song, "it feels so good to be in love so bad". You ran from the thing that you needed to do in order to get away from the thing you were told to do. The crew you ran with back on the day may have gotten you in trouble just because or hiding someone from trouble may have spawned a unworthy sentence, but it happens when we can't let go of a thing. We had to realize (or some may be in this situation now) that releasing that thing has brought about a peace in our lives. When we let "Jonah" go, everything was alright. 

When we were growing up, it was literally "One for all and all for one" when it came to trouble. If one was in trouble, we all got in trouble. I believe we had what is known now as "guilty by association". Hang around some people and see if you will be classified (or labeled) as that type in a few days. We have to be careful with the things we do and say concerning people. Jonah had decided to run from the presence of God and in doing so, he endangered everyone on the ship with him. That thing you are dealing with doesn't mean to offend you, but it can upset a heap of other things. Holding on to it can not only mess up your life but others around you. Don't let Jonah do that to you, throw him overboard.

Just as the captain of the ship tried to help Jonah to no avail; you can't help everyone you come in contact with. Loyalty is a good thing, but don't be loyal for the wrong reason. These men knew that Jonah was running; they cast lots (and it fell on him) and Jonah told them himself. He told them I know I messed up and this is what you have to do in order to have peace, but they said "whatever" and tried to outdo God by rowing harder, as if that would get them to the place any faster. You know what you have to do in order to have peace, but you are trying to out run God…it's not going to happen. Stop the storm; throw Jonah overboard.

Tonya Nelson said it in a way that is plain and simple, "Many of us have been trying to rescue things/people of the past that are no longer relevant to our lives. It's been like trying to rescue a drowning man tied to an anchor; it is NOT going to work, and has the possibility of taking you down as well. Throw JONAH OVER!!!" 

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December 15, 2014

Monday's Word-"How Do You Value Your Seed, Part Two"

How Do You Value Your Seed? Pt 2
Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21

5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Impressions- what stays in someone's minds, general idea, pressed-in shape, imitating of somebody

We are some impressionable people…it's true. Have you ever met that person? You know the Christian that comes over and gives you a "God bless you…how are you doing" every Sunday? Or what about the one that greets you with a brotherly kiss…while you get the side eye from his wife? Maybe it's just a thing we do when we are inside the church but what about outside? This is where the magic happens. On the outside is where it all goes down. On the outside is where we can see who is real and who is phony.

When we make an impression on someone, whether good or bad, it stays with them. Think back to the first time you fell in love or the first person you kissed or maybe some can go back to your first school crush. For whatever the case, that person or persons made an imprint in your mind for that time. They gave you a general idea of who they were, left a pressed-in shape (memory) and for that moment imitated someone that cared for you. When the seed falls on stony places it leaves an impression. It wants to grow, but it can't because of the ground. It lets people know that there was once something there in us, but it is gone. It gives them a general idea that we know what we are talking about, but we aren't acting on the Word. It shows them a pressed-in shape of what is on the outside, but not too good on the inside. Now, they are just imitating a Christian. They can beat you dancing and shouting, singing up a storm but the seed is not catching root. 

Having an impression of something lets them know that what was there is a figment of the imagination. Think of the dinosaurs that roamed the world; no one has ever seen one living, but we have fossils or imprints of what used to be. We take pictures of how things used to be…but do you want people to say how you used to serve God, how you used to pray for the sick, how you used to sing in church? I want my seed to grow and to prosper not wither away or burn. I don't want my salvation to be an impression, but to be my life, now and forever to come.

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December 12, 2014

Friday's Word-"Get Up and Leave"

Get Up And Leave
John 5:5-9

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

Some people believe that their time will never come. They have worked a number of years or have been sick for a long period of time. Some may think that God has forgotten about them, but I come to encourage you to hold on, no matter the situation. We serve a God that can do anything but fail; He knows and sees the very thing you are going through. Some things are ordained for you to go through for yourself and others for the benefit of others to see the God in you. But there will be a time when He will tell you to get up and get your things. This man had no idea that he would be able to walk after 38 years, didn't know who Jesus was, and by his commandment was made whole.

Ever had a situation where you had the answer right in front of you but you just sat there? Understand something, it doesn't matter how long it takes for God to move on your situation; when He does move, you be ready. Here is a man that had been at the same place for a long period of time. He had positioned himself to receive, but was too slow in getting the blessing. Sometimes, we can be in the right place at the right time and STILL come up short in what we consider the blessing will be; but everything moves by God's timing, not ours. 

Jesus asked the man a simple question, "Do you believe you can be whole?" But instead of giving Him an answer, he gave Him an excuse. How many of us give God excuses when He wants us to do something for Him. I can't sing like her or I can pray like him…I don't have that to give or I can't serve on that program. For whatever reason you gave I want you right now to stop and ask for forgiveness. Stop giving God excuses and give him a "yes". You will not be able to move to the next level with excuses; it is time for you to move from this place and go on to your next place of destiny. 

After hearing the man, Jesus told him to get up, get your things, and leave (vs8). Today, the word is going forth that it's time out for laying around on your situation. It's time to get off your butts and get to steppin'. Stop throwing pity parties on what should happen and make it happen. He is telling you today to get up! I know it was hard, I know you have been there for a while, I know people have stepped over you but I'm here now…get up and get your things. This place was for a season, but it's time for you to move…get up. Stop sulking over the past…it's over. Stop talking about people that left you…it's done. Stop worrying about the job that you didn't get…it's wasn't yours. I have something better for you, get up and get your things. It's nothing for you here now; He has completed everything for you. It's time for you to get up and leave.

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December 11, 2014

Thursday's Word-"Love Makes Things Happen"

THROWBACK THURSDAY
Love Makes Things Happen
John 3:16

"For God so loved…"

Have you ever been in love? I'm not talking about saying that you love but actually BEING in love. What do I mean "in love"; I mean you wake up and go to sleep with that person's name on your lips. You can't wait to hear from that person and anticipate the time when you will. Every time you see a text, receive an email, hear that special ringtone, your heart skips a beat. You don't have to say a word, but just want to hear the person talk kind of love. When that person says they want or need, you are on the case like Sherlock Holmes. When that person crosses your mind, you have the biggest smile on your face; when a person sees you they are thinking that you are thinking of your love. If they don't feel well, you want to make it all better and even if you have an argument, you still want to be with them. 

I know I have lost most of you after the initial question, but I want to let you know that love brought you to the place you are in. I'm not talking puppy love, but real love. You all have heard, "don't tell me you love me, show me", well what greater love have we seen than the Father giving us His Son in exchange for our lives? Out of all the things that we have done, all of the things that He despises, all of the things He doesn't agree with, HE gave up HIS only Son. Before the foundations of the world, He made a substitute to take our place because of the mistake of our father Adam. Imagine if you will giving up your only child for people that don't love you back, people that can't stand your name, people that would curse you to your face. Think about giving up your only son to people that really don't want to have anything to do with you. People that would beat him, spit on him, and call him a liar. Is there anyone that could handle this? Is there anyone willing? Oh, but if you had that love God had…He didn't just tell you, but showed you that love makes things happen.

What did His love do? His love made us a way back to Him through His Son. His love provided a plan that even a fool would come to know and understand. His love has stood the test of time in that from the beginning of time He was there to devise a salvation safety net. His love has been with us from day to day by granting new mercies every time we open our eyes and by lying down to sleep. His love anticipates the time you will have for Him. His love smiles at you when you call His name and when you say the things you want and need; it is His love that is on the case for you. When you feel the sun dance its warmth on your face, it is His love that say "I love you so much I want to share this with you". Even when you don't feel well, it's His love that grants you healing and when you don't agree with Him, it's His love that gives you forgiveness and can't stay away. Love gave you a chance to get right when you were dead wrong. Love took you out of the miry clay and love kept you in your right mind when you could have lost your mind. Love sent His Son in the world not to condemn the world but to save the world. Love makes things happen.

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