Covetousness. We all have needs in this life there is no debating that fact. We all need a place to stay, we all need a job, we all need clothes to wear, shoes on our feet, and all the other little things to survive in this world. But our biggest problem is identifying our needs from our wants. It is easy to get confuse with a want and a need because a lot of time we are too busy looking at what someone else have. The world put so much pressure on us to have two or three houses, 4 cars, two clothe-ts of clothes. In this life you can easy get caught up in keeping up with the Jones, so to speak, that all we want is more and more. But we must keep a mind of how God wants us to live. In Hebrews 13:5 it says “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he saith, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. What we have is enough and if that is not enough then God see our need and will supply it. Remember what Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. God knows what we need, so let us not live each day in a covetousness mind of always wanting this, or wanting that, but keep in mind God knows and will meet our need. Also God do not look at us no different if we have one car or no car, cause a man life do not consist of the abundance of things he possess. So my friends be content with what you have, live life not in covetousness and always know God is in control he will meet your need.
What is your life? In the book of James it ask us this question about our life. The answer is our life is like a vapor, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away (James 4:14). We do not want to face this reality, that our life on earth is very short. We are so fragile, and helpless in life in the sense we do not know how long we will live. There is no guarantee that we will live to be 100. We can be going today and at a twinkle of an eye something can happen and we are gone forever. One thing about life is there is no second chance if death come, there is no coming back (we do know some people that was per noun dead and came back) but all in all once we are gone that is it. I know we cannot live everyday worrying is this our time, we have to live with the knowledge that God control our life and when his appointment to us to go we will go. But what should we do knowing life is so fragile? The only thing we can do is have our business fix with God, we know not the day or hour our number will be called, so we should live unto to Lord, obey his commandment, strive to do what is right, and everything will take care of itself. In Psalm 34:12 it says “What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? The answer is in Psalm 34:13-14 it says “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile, depart from evil, and do good, seek peace and pursue it”. Beloved if you do these things, I think life will work out just find for you.
God Loves You. There is no greater feeling than to know that someone loves us. We all want love and affection from someone. We go about our life looking for love, though sometime we go looking at the wrong places. The bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. We know that God loves us, it is proven by him sending his son Jesus. We experience his love each and everyday by him allowing us to awake each day, by him forgiving us of our sins, by him providing for us, by giving us a job, a house, a cars and such and such things. No man on earth cannot say that God does not love him. Through all the trails, tribulations, sickness, and even death that arise, still God love is true toward us and it will never fail. In 1 Corinthians 13:8 it says Love will never fail, even through the darkest of days God is always there. So we should feel encourage to know that no matter what happens in life God is always there and he loves us. Now that does not mean that God will not punish us for our wrong doing, yes he will punish we if we disobey him, but we should know that he punish us because he loves us, Hebrew 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth”. The great God of mercy is always there, so don”t hang your head down, don’t give up no matter how bad things my get somethings, but know God loves you and is looking out for you all we have to do is trust in him, keep the faith and everything will work for our good, why, because GOD LOVES YOU!
What Is Needful. There is things that we need in life and there is things that we want in this life. Now it is important that we understand what is needful and and things we just want. A need is something that is required and something we cannot do without. A want is a wish or desire, that we can live without. In the book of Jude, the servant of the Lord wrote to the saints that it was needful for him to write and exhort them to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints. Faith is a absolute need in our life we cannot live with it, because in Hebrews 11:6 it says, “It is impossible to please the Lord without faith”. Our life is all about faith and without it we cannot please the Lord. The bible also tells us the just shall live by faith. So there is no way we can live in this life without faith, it is a need that we got to have to survive. We know that the enemy comes to destroy our faith by circumstances, bad relationships, unforeseen situations, troubles, death of a love one, and sickness, but we must fight for faith each day to believe that all things going to work for our good no matter how bad it gets sometime. We know also there is not a person on earth that is not going to face a difficult situation in life, it is guaranteed to happen but what gets us over, is our faith, matter what to believe that God is in control. What is needful is to know God is always there, he said he will never leave or forsake us, and if we believe in him he will see us through. So my friends hang in there don’t cast off your faith, but only believe and everything will work in your favor in the end.
First Thing First. We all have to try and figure out what is important in our life. There is something that we all going to value in this life. There is something that we are going to put first. We are going to prioritize what is important to us whether it is looking at television, spinning time with family, playing sports, working all the time, loving money, loving cars, and so on. But there is something God wants us to put first. In Matthew 6:33 it says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. The first thing we should be seeking is God will for our life and not be caught up in the thing of this life. God will should be first, his righteousness in our life should be first, because this is why we are here on earth to let God live through us and he be exalt. What is the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy ghost (see Roman 14:17). We should seek do to what is right everyday, we should want God peace each day so we can better understand his will, and we should want the joy of the Lord in us that we can go show the world the goodness and happiness of God. Let us not worry about meat, drink, and clothing, but let us understand God knows our need and he will provide the things we need to survive on earth. So beloved what is important and should be the Kingdom of God, prioritize God will for your life and see want you live a more productive and happy life.
Success. There is not one person on earth in their right mind that would love to taste success. We all strive to be successful in something, whether it is in sports, on our jobs, in life, and in family. No one in their right mind wants to be label a failure in life. Most people go to college thinking if I get a education in some subject then I can get a job in that subject and then I will be successful in that subject which will carry over in life, most of the time that is true. But we can not leave God perspective of being successful, because we know his view is the most important one. God told Joshua for him to be successful in his mission in life he had to not let the book of the law not depart out of his mouth, but to mediate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according t0 all that is written therein, for then thou shall make thy way prosperous, and then thou shall have good success. So for Joshua to be successful he had to keep God law or word before him at all times and if he did that success will come. I know there is a lot of people that is successful in life in what they do and God is no where to be seen and it is true. But what God look at is being successful, is him being glorified in what a person do and say in life. This is the ultimate success because this will carry with you after you die. True life is not on earth, but true life is after we leave here, because that when life begin forever. Would you not want to be successful here and when you die live forever with God? So my friends make sure you are measuring your success the way God looks at it, so when you die and meet your maker he can say well done my good and faithful servant.
I Have A Dream. One of the greatest speeches of all time by Dr. Martin Luther King. We celebrate Dr. King today for the work that he done for all people. Most people would think that his work for only black, but if you know the bible you would know for a fact that his work benefited all people regardless of color. That is why he should be celebrated is because his movement was all man. The message was justice, freedom and righteousness for all. God was glorified in his message because his message was from God. God wants us to love our neighbor as yourself. God wants us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. God wants us not to have respect of persons. God wants us to be free from oppression, hatred and strife. God wants us to be free from “whites only”, or even “black only”, but to be one people united in faith to come and worship and praise God. We should strive to let Dr. King legacy live because it was base on Godly principles. If Dr. King message was to promote blacks only, and to hate the white man, it would have not been from God. His dream was that one day white man and black man would sit down together in brotherhood. His message was not to exalt the blacks over white, but that we would work together in harmony, with no one greater than the other. Like our nation creed said that God had created all man equal and given to us the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness. So let us let freedom ring each day by honoring Dr. King dream, to live our lives in glorifying God, to love each other, and walk in justice, righteousness for all men regardless of color or creed. Let Freedom ring.
Bread Alone. Jesus was led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted for forty days and forty nights he was afterward hungered. The tempted can to him and said, if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But Jesus answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Now it was clear that Jesus was hungry, cause he had no food for forty days, but Jesus made it clear also that man need more in this life than food. We all know that no one earth cannot go without food. We all have to have food to live on earth right. But we also have to have something else in our life and that is the word of God. We can live to be 100 years old and not have God word but our spiritual man would be dead inside. We have to have our spiritual man fed so we can be ready to meet our maker. Yes, the tempted try to deceive us to make us feel it is not important to have God word. God word is exactly what we need to help us navigate through the troubles, problems, and situations in life. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple”. God word is perfect for us, because God made us and he knows what we need and we need every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. So beloved make sure you eat your bread everyday so you can be strong and healthy in your body, and then make sure you feed your spiritual man God word so it can be strong to overcome the devil.
Happy New Year. One of our favorite saying of the year. Every person on earth live for a happy year. This is why at the ending of a year and the beginning of a new year, this is all that you here, Happy New Year, and rightfully so it should be said, because we all want to have a happy new year. We all go into a new year believing this year going to be better than last year, we all have our new year resolutions, and wishes. There is a great determination within us to be better, have more, save more, do more and give more in life. But the key to having a Happy New Year comes from us obeying God. In Psalm 128:1 it says “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways”. Blessed in the bible means to be happy, so for us to be truly happy we have to fear the Lord and walk in his ways. This will bring the happiness that we are looking for in our lives. It is without a question we all want to be happy and it is without a question God wants us to be happy. All we have to do is obey God and walk in his ways. We know money will not bring you happiness, it fills out needs externally yes, but true happiness comes from within. So if you want to have a Happy New Year in 2015 try fearing God and walking in his ways. Remember to be bless is being happy and happiness stems from reverence and obedience to God. Happy New Year to all.
Riches, Honor And Life. There is three things that everyone strive for in this world. You can ask just about anyone what would be the three things they would want to have in this world, and I believe 80% of the people would say as least two of these. No one wants to be poor, we know that money drives this world, and there is so much pressure to have it. The casinos make millions every year on people because they know everyone is looking to be rich. People risk everything their life saving, houses, cars, just to be rich. With honor the average person is concern about his name and everyday go about trying to gaining respect and honor from their fellow man. Though some people go about it the wrong way but still to have respect, and honor from their group is like gold. No one wants to be on the bottom, everyone strive to be on top, to be the best and to have someone pat them on the back. Life is what it is all about no one wants to die young. When someone die young, it seem so sad because it just feel like they did not get to enjoy life, to live long, and fulfill their dreams. Most people join fitness clubs to stay healthy, run miles each day, try to eat the right food, with the thought this is going to make me live a long life. But with riches, honor and life there is a way to obtain all three of theses. In Proverb 22:4 it says “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor and life”. Which mean if you obey God and keep his commandment and do the things that please him he will give you riches, honor, and life. All you have to do is fear him acknowledge him, lean not to your own understanding and he will bless you. So keep it simple humble yourself unto God and see want riches, honor and life come your way.