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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Sword of the Gospel

34"Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35"For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW;
Matthew 10:34-35

The setting of the story is the Jews were under the impression the Messiah was going to come and deliver an internal and external peace. However, Jesus deemed it fit to let them know the contrary. Our world has an awful perception of peace. Jesus was coming to preach the word of God which would cause division amongst families. Isn't this what we see in many families now?

When I first studied this verse I was confused. Why would a man of peace use a sword on his people? Well, first the peace Jesus is talking about is transliterated as eiréné (i-ray'-nay), which means peace of mind, invocation of peace a common Jewish farewell, in the Hebraistic sense of the health (welfare) of an individual. This is not what Jesus is bringing. Jesus is bringing machaira (makh'-ahee-rah). Machaira in Greek means figuratively an instrument for exacting retribution. Jesus is bringing division. Why? Good question. Jesus wants to bring the word of God and reclaim what was God's in the beginning - a personal relationship with God's children.  Jesus is separating the people of Christ from the men of the world, from their principles, practices, and any other relation of discord, and persecution arising from it. This is the only way to inherit the Kingdom of God.

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Are Your Dreams Dying or Thriving?

Make sure your atmosphere is conducive to your dreams. There are places that dreams go to die and there are places where dreams go to thrive. Scotty Scott (@BishopRonScott)

Proverbs says, "Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble." (Proverbs 13:20) It is time to evaluate those in your life.  This seems harsh, but at some point, if you continue to let the friends that are not contributing to your growth in Christ, deter you from Christ, you are headed down the wrong path.

In English it is easy to misunderstand the 2 uses of the word wise. In Hebrew, 'with wise' and 'men shall be wise' are slightly different. The first 'with wise', is referring to intellect, skill, and articulation.
The form of 'men shall be wise', refers to the teaching of wisdom, to make yourself new, or make wiser. In other words, the scripture is saying:
Surround yourself with people that have more skill, or intellect than yourself, so the wisdom you learn can be retaught.
A perfect example is, when growing up, my dad made me play basketball with the men and not the boys.  My height was similar, but developed skill, game IQ, and strength were not there. They were better, and in some aspects, smarter. In high school, I had the opportunity to practice with a US Top 5 sprinter and he made me better as I pushed to compete. The point is, it is always encouraged that you play with someone better than you.  This affords you an opportunity to enhance your skills, or talents, through learning, resulting in an improved version of yourself. Surround yourself with Christians that can sharpen you. As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

El Sali

God knows how deal with your weaknesses, so don't let them deter you from establishing a relationship with Christ. -Raymond D. Mills Sr.

Our cultures feeds off of identifying people's weaknesses and using that to capitalize for their personal gain.  We live in a world, where bullies thrive on another person's weakness and purposefully exploits that person to the point of suicide or murder.  Our society uses these weaknesses to push young children and adult females into sex trafficking, or human trafficking.

Your flesh is going to want to cave to the weaknesses about you. Your flesh is going to reject it, but The Lord God doesn’t want you to be miserable. He wants you to be strong in Him. This is why He is The Rock.  The Rock in Hebrew is El Sali (Sa-Lee, which means God of my STRENGTH). The same rock in Ps 42:9, to God my rock, and Ps 71:3, For You are my rock and my fortress.  Whenever we watch movies where people are caught in fast moving bodies of water, what is the first thing on their mind? Something to catch them. Something to cling to that will save them. Like, a sturdy and strong rock! It is a life preserver.  It saves them from drowning, and rescues them from danger.  No one is more durable than our God. No one has the ability to consistently catch us when we need it most and for sure no one is as mighty.  Make the most of this season of life, because you serve a God that is strong and invincible. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

You must have love for yourself.

Examine your heart to discern why we do the things we do, not to just correct our behavior but to get to healing. Jesus will being clarity to those situations and remove the hurt. We can no longer live our lives without self-reconciliation.

You must have love for yourself.

Selfishness is weakness.

Selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything we can possibly imagine.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Negativity《 Happiness

Choose happiness 》

@Madgemau: It's impossible to be negative and happy.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fruit Grows Slowly

Fruit Grows Slowly >>

Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.

~ C.S Lewis

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The Lord Remains Faithful

16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. - 2 Timothy 4:17

Breaking this down, the ONE true God, put strength in Apostle Paul to continue to proclaim the Gospel. At this time, Rome was the capital of the Gentile world, so a proclamation of the truth to the Romans was likely to go forth to the rest of the Gentile world.  I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion - namely, Satan, the roaring, devouring lion (Lu 22:31; 1Pe 5:8). We are talking about deliverance from evil, the evil one, temptation, fear, and denying his Lord.

At some point in our lives we are going to feel the struggle is real to be a Christian and we just may not be about that life. Doubt and fear comes in and overtakes your confidence. I'm keeping it real here, because we really know how to put on that we have it together.  I'm not sure who in this world really does. Nonetheless, my temptations are real and humble me daily.  I am thankful for the fact, God still pursues me and stands with me and puts strength in me. Daily, I want to give up. I said the struggle is real.  However it is imperative for us to NEVER GIVE UP!  When you GIVE UP, you surrender, but not to God. When you surrender in the Good Fight, you are surrendering to Satan. Giving up, reveals the battle is not worth it. It reveals you are giving up on Jesus. Let's be real, Jesus knows the deal. He went through it.  The world has not changed that much.  However, we need to realize, God will pursue you with power and glory.  Like with Apostle Paul, His unstoppable love, is a love that will never end.  He has an unrelenting passion with mercy.  Continue to stand firm and proclaim the Gospel.

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Vision of Love

I must admit, I do not know the compete context of this picture, but the actions taking place speaks to my heart. This is love. The bible tells us the only debt we should carry is that of love. (Rom 13:9)

Owe nothing to anyone--except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God's law. Matthew Henry's commentary puts it this way, "He that loves his neighbor as himself, will desire the welfare of his neighbor. On this is built that golden rule, of doing as we would be done by. Love is a living, active principle of obedience to the whole law. Let us not only avoid injuries to the persons, connections, property, and characters of men; but do no kind or degree of evil to any man, and study to be useful in every station of life."





Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Attitude Barometer

"Most attitudes are formed as we grow up. Teachers, ministers, parents, etc. all influence our attitude. Once an attitude is formed, it’s pretty much the way a person will think about any subject. We vote, select a spouse, pick an automobile and raise our children based on that attitude. Our attitude about our job, the product or service we produce, and about our leaders influence the quality of our work." - Jim Smith, Quality Magazine

Phillipians 2:2-4
2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, meaning do not be self-seeking. Why? This is the very thing that determines ones motives before God. Your thoughts and actions should be geared toward pleasing God. The verse goes on to say with humility of mind, in other words, have humble actions or don't be so prideful, or boastful about what you are doing. Instead, regard one another as more important than yourselves. I know I could not believe it was written either. Apostle Paul is saying to put the well-being of others, before yourself. He is saying be unselfish. Be more concerned with someone else other than yourself.  We can all agree the world needs more of this. Amen? This will bless you as well, because it will keep you from being envious and only seeking God's approval (Gal. 5:26).  We are to honor one another in brotherly love. This is not the biological love, but brother (or sister) in Christ.

So when you put your heart on God, you can afford to put other's needs above yours because your approval comes from God. Not what the world says you need to have.  Truth be told, those new Jordan's won't save your life.  Nor will that new wardrobe, house, car, job, or fill in the blank.

Think, who's life can you bless to reveal the glory of Jesus? There has to be someone. There is someone.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

God is the Strength of My Heart

@ToddAdkins: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~Psalms 73:26 m.twitter.com/ToddAdkins