Possessions. You know in this life a lot of times your are judge by your possessions. If you have a big house, two or three cars, and have a niece job like a Attorney, doctor, then you get label as successful. Jesus painted another picture about possessions. After someone ask him about making his brother divide the inheritance with him. Jesus said in Luke 12:15 “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth”. Meaning God is not concern about how many houses we have, he not concern how many cars we have in drive way, he not even concern with how much money we have in the bank. What he is concern about is us living a holy and righteous life. Remember in the rich young rule how he ask Jesus what good thing shall he do that he may have eternal life (Matthew 19:16). Jesus told him to keep the commandments, and he responded in saying all these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt be perfect go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor and thou shalt have treasure in heaven. But the young man went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. The young man could not do it because he put more value in his possessions on this earth than being rich in heaven. Our life do not consist of the abundance of what we have. Our possessions do not make us, what make us is if our heart is knitted unto God and not material things. In the book of Timothy it says “But godliness, with contentment is great gain”. If you want to increase in this world just be content with what you have. Yes, God knows we have to have a job, we need a car, we need clothes on our backs, money for food and to pay bills. God said he will supply all our needs. What God don’t want is we be caught up with covetousness, and keeping up with the Jones. So beloved don’t look at what you have or don’t have, God is not concern with that, just live each day in reverence and everything else will take care.
God Promises. One thing that is sure, is when God makes a promise he will not break it. A promise is a declaration that something will be done, given, etc. So when God declare something to us we can rest in peace that it is going to happen. I know we struggle sometimes in believing God because in life we have so many promises broken that was made to us. We sometimes look at God like man, we all have experience promises broken, over and over again in this life. But we can fall back on what God word says in 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”. It is so comforting to know that ( All ) God promises is yea, meaning not one of God promises will fail, every single one will come to pass. Now we know it takes faith on our part to believe what God says and if we believe we can see his promises full filled in our lives. Numbers 23:19 says “God is not a man, that he should lie”. The bible separate God from man to even give us farther assurance that he will still by what he says. There is a old hymn song “Standing on the promises” one verse says standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living word of God I shall prevail. Yes, if we stand on God promise we shall prevail through the storms, through the fears, and through all doubts, we can triumph in Jesus Christ. So beloved stand on God promise, believe what God says, and always know that God will not lie, if God say it, believe it, and that settles it.
Wise or Foolish. In the bible it identify that there are only two types of people, wise or foolish. In the world we may be identified as black, white, Mexican. Even we may be called an American, Chinese, or Russian. But the most important thing is what the bible identify us as. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-25 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock, and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock. Two things that makes us wise is first to hear God word, then once we hear it go out and obey it. A lot people hear but we are only wise when we can obey what God say, remember the bible says not the hears are justified before God but the doers are justified. In Matthew 7:26-27 it says “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. What makes a person foolish is not obeying what God word says, that is the must foolish decision a person can make because God word not going to change, he said he going to punish the disobedience with everlasting fire. In Proverbs 11:21 it says “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished’. There no way to escape God judgement on the foolish. So the big question is what are you? It make no different if you are white or black, American or Jew, the only difference is that you are wise or foolish. Choose to be wise, amen.
Draw nigh to God. In the book of James it tells us to draw nigh to God. God wants us to be very close to him. In turn we should want to be very close to God. Why? Because the bible says the the devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Also in the book of Revelation it says ” Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. This is why we should want to be close to God is because the devil is not playing games with us, he want to destroy us, some it is a matter of life and death that we draw nigh to God. But the good thing is we have the victory through Jesus Christ. It also says in the book of James if we resist the devil he will flee. So saints we have the victory through Christ and we are over comers of any thing the devil throws our way. But again the key is we draw nigh to God. You is as close to God as you want to be. Meaning there is nothing that can stop you from being close to God, but you. If you want to be close to God you can. All it takes is humbling ourselves each and everyday to God. It all starts with prayer in the morning, as soon as we arise out of the bed the next step should be on our knees. Acknowledging God first is so important to getting the day started on the right foot. Then read a few scriptures so you can get the meditation right. All through our day we should to giving God the praises, singing and making melody in our heart to him. If we do these things then we can be close to God and keep the devil out of our lives. Amen.
Hypocrite. What is a hypocrite? A hypocrite is someone who profess publicly approved qualities. beliefs, or feelings that one does not posses. In other words one who may talk about God, go to church, but do not keep God word. You know a lot of people talk about God and how God been good to them and you say one wrong word to them and they will curse you out. Others will talk about going out to clubs and parties on Saturday night, and then on Sunday talk about getting their praise on to go glorify God. You know Jesus was very hard on the Pharisees, and he called them hypocrites. He said the Pharisees made clean the outside of the cup, but within they was full of extortion and excess. We can dress up in niece three piece suits on Sunday and look good on the outside, but inside we be full of hate, and cannot speak to our brother. Also Jesus told the Pharisees, they look like whited sepulchres which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness. Jesus continue saying the Pharisees, outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy, and iniquity. What I am getting at is Jesus do not want us to be hypocrites, he want us to be genuine, real, sincere, true, loving Christians. Not only do he want us to talk the talk, but he want us to walk the walk. If we profess to be christians then he wants us to live like christians. How beautiful and pretty we look on the outside, is the same way Jesus wants us to be on the inside. How do we prove that we are what we say we are. To be the same each and every day no matter who we around, if we profess to be a christian, then live like one. Amen.
Hidden Part. David prayed a prayer unto God after Nathan the prophet had came unto him after he had gone in to Bathsheba. He confessed his sin and ask God to have mercy on him. He ask God to clean him in the hidden part which was his heart. Man do not see the heart only God sees and knows the heart. We can put on a good front before man, we can talk about God, and how good God has been to us ( which is true ) but in our heart we can hide sin. Which is what David had realize when he sin with Bathsheba. That is why he said to God thou desirest truth in the inward parts. God wants us to be truthful in our heart, deep inside where no man can see God wants us to be real, genuine, truthful, and honest. Talking about God is great, but to live a life before him each and everyday is what God desire. To be a christian when no one sees us is what God is looking for. We must keep in mind at all times God is going to judge us by the secret of our heart no on our outer appearance. Also when David sin with Bathsheba he new he had the wrong spirit working in him. He ask God to create in him a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. What cause us to sin again God is when we have the wrong spirit working in us. David committed adultery and one of the fruit of the flesh in Galatians is adultery. So we must always ask God to renew the right spirit in us that we may not sin against him. One thing we must be is honest before God we cannot hide sin from him he sees everything we do, so if we sin, quickly we must ask him to forgive us and clean our hidden part, that we may walk in the true spirit of God. So beloved look on the inside and make sure the hidden part are clean before God and see want God do great things for you.
The Value Of Wisdom. We know that the number one thing that we can obtain in this life is wisdom. Proverb 4:7 says “wisdom is the principal thing”. Principal means first in rank, importance,value. So of all the things we can get in life wisdom, need to be number one. Remember King Solomon when he became King of Israel, God appeared to him in a dream and ask him, what he wanted as King. King Solomon only asked for wisdom, a understanding heart, to be able to discern between good and bad. The bible said that God was pleased with King Solomon answer because he asked for the number one thing he needed to be successful. The value that wisdom gives us everything we need in life. Number one,wisdom gives us happiness, I know everybody on earth want to be happy, Proverb 3:13 says “happy is the man that findeth wisdom”. The reason a lot of people is not happy because they make foolish choices, wisdom help a person discern between good and bad. Number two wisdom gives Length of days. People lives are cut short not because of God in some cases, but because they make bad decisions a lot of times. Wisdom helps a person to not gamble with life. Number three, wisdom gives a person riches and honour. Every person in life searches for that pot of gold, every person want to be honored, but wisdom teaches one how to walk in honor and the knowledge of how to obtain riches. That not to say everybody will be a millionaire, but that a person will be able to make a good living on earth. Number four wisdom leads a person to the paths of peace. Peace is so importance in our life because with peace comes understanding, and with understanding comes the knowledge of how to live on earth. Lastly wisdom is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon it. With wisdom you can live forever because it is going to teach you to fear God. The value of wisdom far out weigh anything we can obtain in this life so my friends seek wisdom, don’t forsake her, love her and see want you get great value from obtaining it.
In Secret. When we are doing God will he do not want us to seek glory from man. Whatever we do like praying, fasting or giving God do want us to make a show of it before man. But when we pray or fast God want us to do it in secret and when we do it in secret God who sees in secret will reward us openly. Remember what Jesus told his disciples about fasting, in Matthew 6 chapter he said, “moreover when ye fast be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces, that they appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thous appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy father which is in secret: and thy father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. God is in secret, and what we do he always sees. Nothing we do go unseen by God there is nothing that is hidden to God. So God do not want us to be like the hypocrites. You know those people who always telling you they are fasting, or always praying, God do not want us to publish what we do to man, but when we pray go in our secret closet and pray. Also when we fast, we should just fast and do not tell anyone we fasting. Most christians get caught up in being so spiritual, thinking if they tell people what they are doing it will appear they are great before God. But beloved God don’t want us to be like the hypocrites, whatever you do praying, fasting do it in secret and God who is in secret will reward you openly. Should we fast, the answer is yes, should we pray, the answer is yes, but God want us to do it in secret and he is going to reward us openly. Amen.
Alms Giving. What is alms giving? Alms is the righteous acts that we do, like what Jesus explain in Matthew 6:1-4. In Matthew 6:2-4 it says “Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doest: That thine alms may be in secret; and thy father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly”. Which means only that when we do something for someone, like give to the poor, or help someone in need out, God do not want us to go publish it to the world, to say look what I have done. Like you seen people in church when they give a large sum of money they want everybody to know how much they gave. No, whatever we do for someone or whatever we give,we should give and not let people know what we done, but we should understand God sees whatever we do and you can guarantee that he is going to reward us for our alms. Alms is not about out doing someone, it is not about being seen as some one great before men, but alms is all about helping someone in need and not looking from glory from anyone. God sees what you do and he is going to reward every man for is labor but let us not be caught up in letting the world know what we do, but let us do our alms in secret, and let God reward us for it. Amen
Children Of The Highest. One of the greatest compliment that anyone can receive from God is to be call a child of God. You may have heard a lot of people say that, I am a child of God. But the question is do we really know what it takes to be a child of God. In the book of Luke the 6 chapter it explains what it means to be called children of the highest which is very interesting. Three things it tell us to do to be called a child of God. Number one is to love your enemies. That one right there will eliminate just about all of us. There is no getting around it to be a child of God we got to love those that hate us. The bible says if we love those that love us, sinners do that, so God is not please if we do that, but what separate us from sinners is the ability to love even when we know the other person don’t love us. Number two is we have to do good. God is always looking for us to do good no matter the situation is, where we may be, or what happen to us, we should never give up the right for the wrong in any way. Our goal in life should be to show the goodness of God that people may see there is some good in people and that people should be called christians. Number three is to lend, hoping for nothing again. Yes this is actually in the bible, but do we practice it, no. It is hard to give your hard earn money to someone and not wanting it back. We all have very big needs, or wants in a lot of cases, but the bible is true,God don’t want us to lend to someone and when they do not pay us back run them down asking for our money back. No,God want us to trust him that if we lend and someone do not pay us back trust him to meet our need. If we can do these three things the bible says we shall be called the children of the highest and our reward shall be great ( Luke 6:35). My friends strive each day to be a child of God and if you do these three things your reward shall be great.