October 1, 2014

Wednesday's Word-"You Are Going To Get It"

You Are Going To Get It
Revelation 20:10-15

"You are going to get it."

The boy had said these words before, but not with the same confidence as times past. "You will get yours," he said after being picked up off the ground by on lookers as the bully laughed and walked away. This has been going on for the past month or so and there was nothing this little kid could do. It was his turned, he guessed, to have his time tormented by this repeat performer of the fifth grade. The bad part about this is it has started, but on the other hand, it is close to the end of the school year. Every day around the end of the school day, the bully looks for the young lad and commence to picking a fight with him. On the days a teacher or someone in authority is there, the boy is saved, but wishes no one will stop it, due to the fact he will receive double the next day. 

One day, the boy gets home and his older brother is there from school, because of being ill. The kid comes in huffing and is about to cry as he turns the corner to his room. When he saw his brother, he tried to fight back the tears, but couldn't hold them.

"What's wrong little brother."
"There is a kid at school that keeps bothering me. He has been doing it for the past couple of weeks. I will be glad when the school year is over."
"Do you want me to get him for you?"
"No, he will be going to another school next year, so I'm not worried about it. A couple of days and it will be over."
"Okay, well, I will handle it for you…"

As the school year ended, the little fellow was looking to get the worst beat down he has had, but as fate would have it, the bully left school early.  The summer ended and the young fellow was attending the same school as his brother. As he was coming down the hallway, he heard a voice that had haunted him the previous school year. "I guess I will start beating you up this school year, too." Yes, the bully had moved over the summer and now attended the same school. 

"Well, I don't think you want to do anything to me."
"Why?"
"You are going to get it."
"We will see."

As the bell rang to end the day, the bully sees the little boy talking with some kids. "Are you ready to get beat today?" As the bully started towards the boy, another kid stepped in from of him and looked down on the bully. 

"Is this the boy that has been bullying you since last year?"
"Yup", the boy said with a smile, "that's him."

The older brother grabbed the bully and began to turn this little fella inside and out. Every time he thought he was getting away, he would grab him again and worked him like a mechanic on a car. 

After finally putting a old fashioned beating on the bully, the big brother told him to leave his younger sibling alone. With a smile the younger one said, "I told you, you were going to get it."

Some of you have been going through for a long time. You have been beaten up by the bully for some time now. You have had your good days and your bad…sometimes, you didn't see him at all, because God's hand was on you. But when he came back, he beat you for the old and the new. However, you knew that he was going to get it one day. You didn't let it get you down, but you pressed forward. He took your lunch money, but you got up and went on, he knocked down your books, but you kindly picked them up and went on. He tripped you on your way to your class, but you dusted yourself off and went on…but all the time, you kept telling him, "you are going to get it". One day, the bully really got to you…you couldn't take it any longer. You were crying and your big brother saw you at your weakest point. He asked what was wrong and you began to tell your troubles. He heard your cry and said, "don't worry about it, I will handle it for you". Brothers and sisters hold your head up and keep your composure; let Him handle it. You can't seem to get the hell hounds off your back, let Him handle it. He keeps knocking you down; don't worry, let Him handle it. One of these days, this old race will be over. Those that have endured the race, those that have been on the front line, those that have their names written in the Lambs book of life will be able to look at the bully and say, "I told you, you were going to get it".

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September 30, 2014

Tuesday's Word-"Let God Handle It"

(I was asked to re-post this again)

Let God Handle It
Psalms 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Whatever you are going through…don't worry about it. I know it seems hard right now, but look at it this way; you have no control of it. We often wonder why we go through the things we do or why do things happen to us and not others. You have to realize that others can't go down YOUR path. Your life is designed for you. The road does get a little rocky, but you were commissioned to go through it. 

In this verse, there are two commands…The first is a phrase; "be still"…how many of us have a problem with that? Some of you cant be still to save our lives. Some of us are spiritually ADHD; we are not attentive, over anxious (overly active), move on impulse or a combination of all. He is telling you to BE STILL. I have everything under control…BE STILL. I know you are having it hard on your job…BE STILL. I know things are not going the way you want it to go…BE STILL.  Just let me handle it…when you move against my will, I can't perform the thing I want in your life. I have to fix the mess, then bring you back to the point I had you to move forward. Child…BE STILL. When we are still, we are at peace; a complete stop. That means your focus is no longer on your next move, but to just sit and rest your mind…being relax. 

The second, He wants you to KNOW who He is. While you are being still, watch me move. I am going to show you some things to make your head spin. Not only will I turn your situation around, but I am going to be exalted by heathens. Well, what do you mean? Meaning that people that do not believe there is a God, will glorify His name. Not only that, but His name will be lifted in the earth. Think about the plane that landed on the Hudson River; a plane that carried 155 people (including crew). Dubbed "The Miracle on the Hudson", the pilot had to land the plane in the river to avoid a very bad crash, possibly losing every live on board. There were live reports, feeds, video, etc. seeing the landing. I'm pretty sure everyone on board and definitely everyone watching were not saved. But God placed a man at pilot who from what reports have said if anyone could land the plane the way it needed to, could do. He had the nation, not to mention parts of the world, watching this and again, I know some of those people weren't saved. But when it was all over, there were people declaring that it was a "higher being", "good energy" and some even mentioned "the hand of God" on those people and the plane.  People who would not have given His name a thought were now thanking Him for saving family members, friends, co-workers, etc. 

Take some time to re-evaluate what is going on. While you are sitting there, being peaceful, know that God has your situation under control. Know that He wants to work it out for you, but you have to leave it alone. Don't touch it any more…let it go and turn it a loose. Just sit back and know that He is able to get it done for you.

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September 29, 2014

Monday's Word-"The Light and the Bugs"

The Light and The Bugs
Acts 14:19a

"Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over." NIV

Living on the South, during the hot summer days we could go outside and sit on the porch in the cool of the day. When evening would come, we could turn on the porch light while we would sit outside and the strangest thing would happen. While it was light outside (the sun), we didn't have to worry about anything, but as soon as the sun dipped behind a cloud and the light bulb was turned on, we had a problem. The bugs would come and fly around the light, seeming to try and disturb us. We could either turn the light off and stay outside or go inside the house. Seems like the bugs wanted to keep the light hid or break up the fun for some reason.

Barnabas and Paul were in Lystra and had just healed a man. The people there, when they saw this was lame an running around figured that Barnabas and Paul were gods that had human form (v. 11). But Paul began to explain to the people that this is not of their works but of the living God. He began to talk to them about how it was their time now to receive the word and accept God but then the bugs came out. These groups of Jews obviously had an issue with the two gentlemen and had enough talk to turn the crowd on Barnabas and Paul. The same crowd that wanted to praise them now wants to kill Paul…sounds familiar?

When you begin to speak truth, watch for the bugs. When you start to commit to the right thing, watch out for the bugs. When you start doing the right thing, the bugs will bring something negative to the light. But don't turn your light off, keep pressing on. I heard an old man say, "if you don't have any haters, you are doing something wrong". Let your light so shine among men…but watch out for the bugs.

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September 26, 2014

Friday's Word-"Free, Not Bound"

Free, Not Bound: 
Be Healed, Be Delivered, Be Set Free
Luke 13:10-17

[10] And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
[11] And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
[12] And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
[13] And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
[14] And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
[15] The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
[16] And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
[17] And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

This woman has been bowed over for 18 years and no one could tell her why. No one knows what she was doing in the synagogue but it was here appointed place. But she had been in this position for a long time. While Jesus was teaching he noticed here and said (paraphrasing) "Woman, be healed, be delivered and be set free". But it wasn't until he laid His hands on her that she was able to stand straight. Then she was able to glorify God for the wonderful works that were done for her. 

Pastor G.E. Patterson's (former pastor of Bountiful Blessings in Memphis) favorite line at the end of his sermons and/or broadcast was "my prayer for you is to be healed, be delivered, and be set free". To be totally done with a situation, you will need to go through this three step program. John 5 tells of a man sitting at the pool of Bethesda. He had been sick for 38 years and from his condition, couldn't walk. Following the three step program:

1. Be Healed-being able to have something fixed for you; the woman was cured of her back problem (v 12); the man was told to pick up his bed and walk (John 5:8).
2. Be Delivered-having that thing that was fixed, done for good; able to have control of self again; the woman was able to stand upright; the man was in the temple and Jesus said to him (paraphrased), "you are made whole" (John 5:14)
3. Be Set Free-leaving that thing alone for good; walking away from a controlling situation for good; for the woman she was loosed from the grip of Satan and set free by Jesus (vs 13, 16); the man, after being told by Jesus he was made whole, was told (paraphrased), "don't sin again or something worst will happen to you" (John 5:14-15).

We all have something that has hindered us in this walk, but go through this three step program. You can be healed, be delivered and be set free…just trust Him.

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September 25, 2014

Thursday's Word-"Even In The Valley, It Is All Good"

THROWBACK THURSDAY
Even In The Valley, It Is All Good

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

While we have come in the time of the year to celebrate seeing another year, there are some that can't find a reason to be joyous. Yes, they are happy on the surface for seeing another year, but inside they are crumbling at the things they have to face. Some have the same problems from the past year in the present; but they forget that we have the same God from the past in the present. They look at the problems as a "no-win" situation and seem to be stuck in the valley. But even in the valley, it is all good.

On various social outlets, I have seen some post of people going through and the difficult times that are ever present in our lives. Some are struggling with problem after problem, while others don't know when the rubber will meet the road. But in all of this, I want to let you know that you WILL make it. Even in the lowest point of your life, God is right there with you. Psalms 139 proclaims that there is NO place that can keep Him out. When we learn who we are and who's we are, my God, I tell you everything will be alright. 

The valley experience is designed to give you a place to be alone. Face it, how many of your friends want to be down…moreover, down with you? At that time, you WILL give God your complete attention; He will let you know that while you are in this place, He has you. I needed to put you here so I could show you some things. In this place, my brothers and sisters, we can find safety. How do I know; David said "I will fear no evil" in this place. Yes, this place where the shadow of death, I am as cool as the other side of the pillow because HE is with me. David went on to say that God's rod (of protection) and His staff (to lead me through) are both there to comfort me. He is saying that in this place you may face the worst of the worst and you may not be able to see your way AND you may feel alone, BUT God is there with you. Just wait I tell you and listen to me…even while you are here, in the valley, it is all good.

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