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.
Christmas. Yes, this is the most wonderful time of the year. There is so much joy, happiness and peace during this time. Most everybody is trying to be on their best behavior. People are really trying to do good to another, and there is more smiles on people faces than ever. Even employers have ways to help the needy by encouraging employees to give to various organizations. It is nothing like going to stores and hearing the bell ring for the salvation army out front. One of the favorite thing for people to do in this season is to listen to Christmas music, they say it gets them in the right spirit. Most people have a good heart and want to help others during this time cause no one want to feel like Mr. Scrooge right. But let us not forget the reason for the season. We should not get lost in all the shopping, buying gifts, baking all the sweets, and the parties. The message is the greatest message of our life, that Christ the king is born. To remember what the angels said, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us. That God would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear. This what Christmas is about, to be honest it is not about what you can get for Christmas, it is not about what you can give, but it is about understanding that God has sent his son to be born and if we believe on him we can have everlasting life. So my friends be happy, enjoy this season, do good, love your neighbor, help someone in need, but do not forget the reason for the season, that Christ the savior is born.
Forsake The Foolish. The book of Proverbs main theme is about wisdom. Proverbs teaches us the importance of wisdom and it teaches us to forsake foolishness. The bible points out there is two types of people in the world. Either we are wise or foolish. God do not care if you are black, white, Mexican, Russian, or Chinese. God only care is either you are wise or a fool. A wise person is one that fear God and keeps his commandment. A Fool is one that do not fear God and do not keep his commandment. So you can judge yourself to determine which one that you are. There is no middle of the road, God will judge us by his word and if you keep his word you are wise, if you do not keep his word you are a fool, according to the bible (see Matthew 7:24-27). But in Proverbs 9:6 it compels us to forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. We have a choice each day whether we are going to go the way of the wise or go the way of the foolish. Wisdom is right before us each day waiting on us to call for him, wisdom wants us to make the right choice, it cry out unto us each day to lean upon him. We have to make a choice, so why not try to make the right choice. We have to make up in our mind each day I am not going the way of foolishness, I am not going to be ignorant in my decision making, but I am going to ask God for wisdom each day that I may make the right choice. So beloved knowing that you got to make a choice each day strive to make the choice of wisdom, forsake every foolish way, and ask God for wisdom that he may be gloried in everything that you do. Forsake the foolish and live.
Godliness Is Profitable. 1Timothy 4:8 says “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come”. The world is into fitness and trying to stay in shape. If you run a 3k, 5k, or even a marathon you would be in great shape. But the scripture says bodily exercise is only little profit, there only a little benefit into exercising. There is nothing wrong with exercising it is good to do but there is only little profit in it. The scripture on the other hand says that godliness is profitable unto all things. Meaning that if you live a godly life there is a greater benefit from doing it. The reason is godliness is profitable for life that is now on this earth. God will bless you on this earth if you live a godly life. Roman 1;10 says “But glory, honour, and peace to every man that worketh good”. Psalm 84:11 says “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”. There is a promise from God that if you keep his word he is going to bless you in this life. Also God is going to bless you with eternal life. The gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus if we live a godly life on this earth. 1 Timothy 4:9 says, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation”. We must accept what the scriptures are saying to us and believe that if we obey God, live a godly life on earth that he will bless us with long life and peace forever. So beloved exercise is okay, but remember living a godly life is better, there is a greater profit, advantage and gain in obeying God.
Dwelleth In God. Our whole life is make up of one important thing, and that is knowing that God dwelleth in us. As a christian there is no more important thing that we should want, than to know God and know that God is working in us. How to know that God is working in you is to love everybody. Now that seem easy, but you would be surprise to know how much hate there is in the world today. To love your neighbor as yourself is a hard thing to do and you can only do it with God dwelling in you. The bible in 1 John 4:7 tells us to love another, for love is of God. You cannot love without God inside of you. 1 John 4:8 says, “He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love”. To know God is to love and if you do not love you do not know God. To dwell in love is to love one another and if you do not love one another you do not know God. God has no respect of persons, he do not favor no one over the other. No matter what race, color, or nation you come from God loves everybody and if we want to dwell in God we have to love everybody. It is a commandment that we love another, because with love it spreads God all over the world. As God love so shall we love and if we do that we shall be like God in the world because he loves everybody. So beloved let us do like Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you, and love everybody you see”.
Sowing. Everyday we are sowing seeds either we are sowing seeds to the flesh or we are sowing seeds to the spirit. Whether you are a christian or you not a christian you are sowing seeds. A important note to remember is God is going to judge us according to the seeds we sow. Is we sowing good seeds to the spirit or bad seeds to the flesh. In Galatians 6:7 it says “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. There is no way we can fool God, we cannot sow bad seeds, and reap good things, like wise we cannot sow good seeds, and reap bad things. God is not mock, he is just in all his ways and he is going to reward us according to our works. In life you may do bad things and get away with it, but with God he will not be deceive, what we do God knows and he will judge us righteously, we are going to get what is right. So with that understanding we should strive each day to sow to the spirit, that we may reap good things. How do we sow to spirit? In Galatians 5:22 it says “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance’. If we in our life let these fruits come out of us each day we are sowing good seeds and God will be please with us. Sowing to the flesh is adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, envying, murder, drunkenness, and revelling if we do these things then God is not be please with us. So beloved sow to the spirit each day that God may be glorified in you, know that you are sowing seeds each day, so you might as well so good seeds so that God will be happy with you.