A Hard Life. Life without Christ can be very hard. God sent his son that we may have life and that more abundantly, but walking without Christ can be very difficult. In Proverb 13:15 it says “but the way of transgressors is hard”. A transgressor is one who brakes God law. Sin is the transgression of the law. If you sin life can be very hard for you, because there is consequences for sin. What can bring on a lot of trouble in your life is sin. Don’t think you can live anyway, do anything, say whatever you want and God just turns his back. Yes, God is loving, kind and very forgiving but if we walk in sin he has a problem with that. Sin can ruin your life, and make life very hard. You may wonder why someone may struggle, things do not go right, they have problem after problem, sometime you can look at the life they are living and it will give you the answer. Roman 2:9 says “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first and also of the gentile”. God do not care who your are, if you do evil, or sin trouble will follow you. God will for us to have a good life and it comes with obeying his word. You will have problem, and situations are going to arise, but God is always there to help you through them. But doing evil, walking in sin and having no mind to do right you can expect a hard life. So if you want to have a easier life and if you want glory, honor and peace do that which is right and good and see want life be a whole lot easier for you.
Loving God With Your Mind. The Pharisees ask Jesus what was the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto them “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”. How do you love God with your mind? To love God with your mind is to think good thoughts. You remember what got the world destroyed back in Noah day was every imaginations of the thoughts of man heart was only evil continually. God repented that he had made man on the earth and it grieved him at his heart. So it is important what we think, to God, we cannot think on any and everything and please God. Paul told the people in Philippians 4:8 this, “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever thing are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. To love God with your mind we have to think good thoughts, he sees and knows what we are thinking. God wants to be glorified in our thoughts. Before evil can be done it first starts with the thought, but if you are thinking good thoughts, evil cannot be conceived. Let us love God with our mind, think good thoughts each and everyday, when evil thoughts come to you cast them down remember the scripture in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”. If we do this God will be please with our thinking.
Submit To God. In the book of James it tells us to submit yourselves therefore to God. Why do the bible tells us to submit unto God? The reason is God is the one that made us. God created man from the dust of the earth. The reason why we exist is because of God. Psalm 100:3 says “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture”. God made us, and not ourselves, and we are his children, so it is very important that we remember that. Now we all know that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy do not want us to recognize God. The devil do not want us to submit to God will. The devil wants us to live our life as if we made ourselves and we can do whatever we want, we are free from God and we do not have to answer to God. God made man so that he can serve and worship him each and everyday. God want man to obey him and keep his commandments. There is only two forces that exist in life, there is God who made us and wants us to serve him, and there is the devil, who do not wants us to submit to God, and do whatever he wants. So we have to make a choice whether we are going to submit to God or submit to the devil. My friends let us submit to God each and everyday. Follow his way, ask him for guidance, and help. Know that the Lord is God, he is supreme over all, that he is good and his mercy endureth to all generations.
A Place Of Refuge. Proverbs 24:26 says “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge”. Refuge is a shelter from danger or trouble. In this life there is some must danger and trouble, ever where you turn there is evil. But we all must know that there is a place we can go for shelter in a time of storm. When life seems like it is getting the best of you there is a place to turn for relief. We do not know what is going to befall us in our daily life, we cannot predict the future. We all want to be save, have a house, wife, kids, money, car, job, and good health, but sometime it just don’t work out for us. Life can throw all type of unexpected troubles, and sometimes it is totally out of our control. The good news is when things arise there is confidence in knowing we have a savior who cares about us and is there for a refuge. Hebrews 4:15-16 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”. Jesus is there to help us in our time of need, and we all going to need his help, mercy and grace. Beloved be confidence that you are not alone, know there is help for you, know that God loves you and wants you to be happy. When life hits you with sickness, disease, some type of sufferings, the Lord has a place of refuge for you that you may be comfort through whatever you are facing. Always remember this scripture Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. Amen
Relationship (Divorce). The Pharisees asked Jesus a question, is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Jesus answered and said unto them, what did Moses command you? Naturally the Pharisees said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. Listen what Jesus told them, for the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. So the reason God let Moses give the bill of divorcement was the people heart was not right with God. Which mean today if people get a divorce, it is because somebody heart is not right, it do not matter which one it is, but to want a divorce somebody do not want to do what is right. Jesus also told the Pharisees, But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female, for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, what therefore God had joined together, let not man put asunder. ( Mark 10:5-10 ). God never will for man and woman to get a divorce, he will that once someone marry they are together unto death. Divorce is a act of Satan, he do not want people to stay married, why, because it is God will. Anything that is God will, the devil fights, and he fights hard against marriage. If want you to stay married you can, I told my wife when we first got married, I do not believe in divorce, you not going to get a divorce from me, any problem we have we can work out through God grace, because I want to be married and I am going to strive to do what is right in our marriage. But the devil have made it so simple to divorce, if she can’t cook divorce her, if she will not clean the house divorce her, if he is lazy divorce him, there is a million ways why people divorce. But God will to stay married to death that is why he told his disciples in Mark 10:11-12, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her, and if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeh adultery. It is simple God want you to get married and stay married, do not let the devil fool you into divorce.
Relationship (Marriage). God created the highest relationship for man to get involve with and that is marriage. The bible says marriage is honourable in all. If you want to receive a reward from God, go out and find you a wife or husband. There is no greater thing to do than to go get married. After God created man he saw that it was not good for man to be alone, so he created woman for a help mate. God did not create boyfriends and girlfriends, but he created husband and wives. If you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend God wants you to get married. I talk to a lot young people about marriage, and a lot of them say theyare not ready. The next question I ask them is do they have a boyfriend or girlfriend and all say yes, then I tell them if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend then you are ready for marriage. The reason why is the attraction we have for the opposite sex come from God. God put in us to be attracted to the opposite sex, because it is not good for man to be alone. In 1 Corinthians 7:1-2 it says it is not good for a man to touch a woman, nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. This why it is not good to be in a relationship for years, because soon are later you going to want to touch each other and once you touch each other ( kissing and hugging ) it leads to fornication, which we no that God hates. So if you are in a relationship, God wants you to get married, if the person you are with do not want to get married, then move on he or she is not the one for you. Remember marriage is honourable, and when you get married, the bible says you automatically find favor from God. Amen
God Commandments. In 1 John 3:23 it says “And this is his commandments, that we should believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandments”. So there is two things make up God commandments. First is we must believe on the name of Jesus Christ. Like our favorite scripture says 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”. If we believe in Jesus Christ we shall have eternal life. Life is given by Jesus, he said he is the way, the true, and the life. Outside of Jesus there is no life. We must accepted Jesus Christ as our savior if we are to have eternal life. Jesus said also, I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. This is the first and great commandment, believe on Jesus, and if you do you shall have eternal life. The second commandment is to love one another. I think this commandment is taken very lightly in the world today. There is many people that go to church every Sunday and do not love his brother. When I was in college a white brother I new was preaching at a church and he was going to take me with him to give my testimony before he preach. He called the pastor of that church and told him what he was going to do, but the pastor told him not to bring me because he had some prejudice people in the church. Now how was this loving you brother, or loving you neighbor. We got to love everybody and welcome anybody who name the name of Christ because this is God commandment. The bible says he who do not love his brother is of the devil. God commandments is to believe on Jesus Christ and to love your brother, If you are doing this all is well with you, if you are not doing this, you need to ask God to forgive you and help you to keep his commandments.
The Strait Gate. In Jesus teaching to the multitudes he reveal the way we should go to enter his kingdom. Jesus Said in Matthew 7:13, “Enter ye in at the strait gate”. Now in this statement he said “enter ye”, which mean each individual should enter the strait gate. Every person should on his own make sure he go in the strait gate. Regardless of which way someone else goes, but make sure ye enter the strait gate. Their is two ways Jesus said we can go, the strait way, or the broad way. We must choose which way to go. Jesus said the strait gate is the narrow way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it. Not only is we should enter the strait way, but also we must find it. This christian walk can seem like the most unpopular way to go and to the world it is. I know people say being a christian you cannot have any fun, life is boring. But we must remember also Jesus said the broad way is wide and that it leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Majority of people are going the wrong way, most people want to go with what is popular in the world. We must examine our life each and everyday to make sure we are walking in the strait and narrow way. Yes, you cannot live any type of way and go to heaven, we must obey God laws if we want to go to heaven. In the world God laws is not popular, you cannot curse, lie, steal, commit adultery, commit fornication, or hate your neighbor. In this christian life we must walk the strait and narrow way, but in the end the reward of being with Jesus is worth more than the pleasure of this life. So my friends strive to enter in the strait gate, and be determine if no one else go the strait way, you are. Amen
Let No Man Deceive You. Just take a moment and let this topic sink in. One of the most important thing we can do in life is let no man deceive us. Jesus said the exact same thing in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you”. So it is wise if we take note each and everyday that we be not deceive. Everybody got a opinion, everyone think they have the right answer to your problem. But it is in our best interest to prove out every counsel that comes our way. Now we know the devil come to steal, kill and to destroy. Remember how the devil came to Eve and just flat out lied to her saying the counsel that God gave them of not eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge was not true. The devil will try and take what God say in his word and tell us God do not mean that. But my friends we must know and believe that every word that God spoken is true and we cannot let no man deceive us. When the bible tells us in Ephesians 5:5 “for this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God”. Friends we must believe that this word is true and it means exactly what it says. I went to a seminar in college and the seminar was about sex before marriage, the teach said that as long as you intend to get married sex before marriage was okay. Now we all know that is not what the bible says, but you know someone went away thinking that was okay. How can we know if we are being deceive? If you receive counsel, advice, of knowledge from anyone ( including a preacher ) make sure you can find it in the bible. If you cannot find it in the bible do not believe it. Live everyday with the mind I am not going to be deceive and if you do this I know God will direct you to the true. Let no man deceive you friends, trust in God, read and know God word, then I know everything will be alright with you.
Treasures In Heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-20, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”. It is important to make sure we have treasures in heaven. Now the next question is how do I lay up treasures in heaven? Remember the ruler came to Jesus and ask him what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Jesus answered him by saying keep the commandment and he shall enter into life. But he told Jesus he keep the commandments but what lack he also. Jesus told him to if he would be perfect go sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven: and come follow him. There is two important ways to lay up treasure in heaven. Number one we must keep God commandments. You cannot and will not go to heaven unless you keep God word. Today christian take God word lightly but we will not see Jesus unless we obey him. Second, is by giving to the poor we lay up treasure in heaven. That is why Jesus tells us not to lay up treasure on this earth. Our houses, cars, clothes, money is not going to help us in heaven. Also our hearts cannot be caught up in these material things that we will not give and help the poor. Remember in Luke 12 chapter Jesus talk about the rich man, who ground brought forth plentifully and he built a bigger barn to store his good. But God was not please with him because he did not give any to the poor but kept it all to himself. But God said to him thou fool, thy soul shall be required of thee. Friends make sure you are laying up treasures in heaven, first by keeping God commandments, and second by always giving to the poor, and then thou shall have Treasures in Heaven.