Friday, May 30, 2014

He Reigns-Friday Freedom


To whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
Isaiah 40:25


God is so awesome! How awesome? More than words can express. I think Paul says it best with the words ‘exceedingly abundantly’ (Ephesians 3:20). If you are Christian thank God you serve a real God. You don’t have a false hope. You don’t serve an idol. You don’t have to wonder if your prayers are really being heard. You serve the one true God. Live like it!

“There's no question of Your greatnessNor searching of Your powerOh the wonder of Your glory
To You forty years is but one hour
Your knowledge is all encompassing
To Your wisdom, there is no end
For You alone are God
You are God alone
Your mercy is everlasting
Your truth is here always
You are He who was, and is, and is to come
Who is He that can number your days
You flung the sun to burn in space
And the night's moon borrows light from day
Oh, You alone are God 
You are God alone"
~Marvin Sapp

Thursday, May 29, 2014

He Reigns-Thursday Thought

Do not fear, nor be afraid;
Have I not told you from that time, and declared it?
You are My witnesses.
Is there a God besides Me?
Indeed there is no other Rock;
I know not one.
Isaiah 44:8 NKJV



Who is like God? Several times throughout the book of Isaiah The Lord poses questions similar to this; and rightfully so. Obviously these are rhetorical questions. But the same issue God’s people faced back then are what we face now. Many of God’s people are running to everything and everyone else for direction in life but the Lord. Whether we do it intentionally or by accident; we let something else take the place in our hearts that only God should hold. And God asks, ‘Who is like Me?’ leaving another question looming in our minds, ‘why would you run to anything else?’

Do you hold anything else in your life above or at the same level as Jesus? How is that working for you? If you are honest with yourself you will admit that nothing can give you the joy and peace Christ gives. To know the unparalleled love of Jesus and seek solace somewhere else is the epitome insanity. If you have been born again you have been extended the opportunity to intimately know God. Do you live like it? 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

He Reigns-Wednesday Word

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1



Don’t think too hard; these questions posed by David are obviously rhetorical. David starts out this well-known Psalm proclaiming who God is; his light, salvation, and strength. The apparent answers to His questions are no one at all. When the Almighty God is your source of power there is no reason to fear or be afraid. In fact, when God is your source of power your attitude in life should always be praise!

David was confident in the Lord’s protection and provision and rightfully so. If the Lord is center of your life; you have no choice but walk in complete confidence. He is the light that guides you in darkness. He provides salvation that has made you brand new. He alone is the strength of your life. Remember that there is nothing you can do on your own, but God’s sovereignty is all that you need. Move forward in confidence remembering there is nothing to fear!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

He Reigns-Tuesday Truth

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  
Proverbs 3:6



Sometimes we have to trust God, even when we don’t feel like it. I heard a preacher tell this story about his son and eating vegetables. At dinner he told his son to eat his spinach, but the boy ate everything on his plate except that. When the father saw this he asked his son why he did not eat his vegetables. The son said, “I don’t feel like it.” The father said, “I told you to eat your spinach, I didn’t say you had to feel like doing it. Son, you can still do it even if you don’t feel like it.”

Don’t avoid your “spiritual vegetables.” God calls us to trust Him totally, to study His Word, to love our enemies, to do what is right when everyone else is wrong, and to represent Christ in this sinful world. These are the things we must do no matter how we feel. Why? Because they will make us stronger. Ask God today for strength to move past your feelings and do what He is calling you to do!

Monday, May 26, 2014

He Reigns-Monday Motivation

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33



When God is the Head of your life, your situation must end victoriously! Everyday so many other people and things fight for our attention. And often times, probably more than we would like to admit, we give in. It may be deliberate or unintentional, but either way we end up chasing what we think we want instead of what God knows that we need. This is a sure recipe for confusion, however a life focused on God’s plans and goals will yield just the opposite.

 Jesus basically tells us that if we put Him first, He will handle everything else. And even though we know what He said is true sometimes our feelings make us want to act otherwise. God has great plans for your life; greater than you or I could imagine. If you want to fulfill those plans you have to lay yours down and seek His totally. It may not always feel right, but trusting God is always the right thing to do.

Friday, May 23, 2014

All You Need-Friday Freedom

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 
1 Timothy 6:6



A life that is overtaken by the Holy Spirit is all you need. A bigger house may be nice. A better job wouldn’t be so bad. Your dream vacation be wonderful. But all of those things outside of God and experiencing the love of Jesus Christ are meaningless. When you hunger and thirst for God; you will realize more and more that He is all you truly need. Godliness and contentment. That’s it!


“Jesus, You're the center of my joy,

All that's good and perfect comes from You.



You're the heart of my contentment, hope for  

all I do;

Jesus, You're the center of my joy.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

All You Need-Thursday Thought

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 
1 Timothy 6:6




Why do you want more from God? Contentment is such a hard concept for us to grasp. We want to the point that we are not satisfied with our current state. But why? We crave things so much we begin to wonder if God still hears our prayers. But why do we want more? Is it for ourselves or for a godly purpose?

Many of us need to stop questioning God and examine the intentions of our own hearts. Maybe Christ would give you more money if you planned on using it for heavenly purposes. Maybe He would give you a new job if you would honor Him on the one you have now. Maybe God would elevate you if you elevated Him in your heart! Godliness and contentment are all you need. When you get that the rest will fall into place. Why would The Lord give you more of anything just so you can squander it?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All You Need-Wednesday Word

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 
1 Timothy 6:7-8


There is certainly nothing wrong with having material things. Virtually everyone likes having nice stuff. The problem arises when we become engrossed in accumulating things. There is no reward in just getting more things simply for the purpose of having them around. I heard a preacher say once, “at the end of this life the richest person who ever lived and the poorest person who ever lived have the exact same amount of material money; NONE!.”

The Bible clearly tells us that we can not take anything with us from this life into the next. God always gives us what we need. Be content with what Christ has given you and where He has you. None of your possessions will go with you, but there can be many great eternal treasures waiting when you get there. Strive to move up, walk in godliness and be content.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

All You Need-Tuesday Truth

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Timothy 6:6


A life of godliness will lead to a life of contentment. Being content with what we have and where we are in life is not easy. Society and our natural tendencies drive us to never be satisfied. Our sinful nature is one of greed. We want, we want, and we want some more. No person can truly be content through their own strength. This can only come from the power of the Holy Spirit.

When you live outside of God’s will; you will never be content. You won’t be experiencing the best for your life. You won’t be where Christ wants you to be. But, when you are walking where the Lord wants you to be contentment is inevitable. God will satisfy you. You will understand that He is working your entire life out in His own perfect timing. A life of godliness will lead to contentment which will lead to a great gain for your spiritual growth. Trust Jesus.

Monday, May 19, 2014

All You Need-Monday Motivation

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 
1 Timothy 6:6


Not just a little bit, but here Paul says these two attributes are great gain. We try and try to get more. We want a higher position or a better title. We want more things so people can look at us and be amazed. We want, we want, and we want some more. Somewhere in us there is a desire to want more; which is not bad in itself. However, that desire becomes distorted when we believe that more material gain will validate us or make us of more worth.

But Christ wants to remind us that godliness and contentment are all we really need. Seek to know the Lord more than you do now. Keep striving for want you want, but be pleased with what God has given you now. A real relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is all that you need. Rest in that fact and be content. Plus your blessing is on the way!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Growing Up-Friday Freedom

Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me. 
Psalm 119:133



If you want to grow in Christ, then diligent Bible study is the nourishment that you need. If you want to walk into and fulfill Jesus' calling for your life, then you must be mature enough to handle the assignment. The Word is our instruction manual. The Bible is our ultimate guide. At 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible; longer than some books. The psalmist declares his absolute and fervent love for the Lord and His Word. Why? Because he understood that God’s Word is the key to salvation and a successful life. Learn to love the Word of God immensely and you will be successful in whatever you pursue. Grow in Christ and get all that he has for you! Be blessed!


Order my steps in your word.
Order my tongue in your word.

Guide my feet in your word.
Wash my heart in your word.

Show me how to walk in your word.
Show me how to talk in your word.

When I need a brand new song to sing,
Show me how to let your praises ring,

In your Word, In your Word!!!
Please order my steps in your Word!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Growing Up-Thursday Thought

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  
2 Timothy 2:15


“Am I growing spiritually?” This might seem like a silly question when it comes to the Christian life, but it is one we all need to ask ourselves periodically. We go to church. We spend time in Christian activities and listening to gospel music. Sometimes we even attend what some might call Bible study. But are we growing spiritually? We must always make sure that we are not just going through the motions. If we are not growing spiritually then we are not studying or something is hindering our study.

Are you growing spiritually? Think back to this day one year ago. Have you seen your love for Christ grow? Do you treat others better? Has your knowledge of the Word increased? Make sure that you never confuse just knowing more about God with actually and truly knowing Him more intimately. Real Christ centered study will compel you to meditate on the Word and apply it to your life. Don’t miss out on God’s best simply because you are not ready. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Growing Up-Wednesday Word

“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;” 
1 Corinthians 3:1-2



The only way to grow spiritually is through Bible study. Christians as a whole today have gotten away from true, Christ centered Bible study. We enjoy fellowship, praise and worship, and overall just coming together as brothers and sisters in Christ. While all these are necessary to our walk, none of these provide the nourishment we need to grow. Only the Word of God can do that.


Don’t miss out on God’s best because you are not ready to understand the deeper things of God. Immerse yourself in the sound teaching of God’s Word. Remove the influences and appointments that hinder your spiritual growth. GROW UP!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Growing Up-Tuesday Truth

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14


Godly maturation requires sacrifice. We can not bring all the issues and desires of Christian infancy into higher levels of knowing God. Numerous people wonder why they are not growing in Christ. This is often due to not wanting to let go of the old life. In our society we make fun of teenagers who still suck their thumbs or adults who throw tantrums like children. Why? Because for each level of maturity certain behavior is just out of character.

There is a certain character you must have to grow into spiritual maturity. But it starts with letting go. Let go of habits you know are wrong. Stop giving your time to those you know are not helping you grow in Christ. Be honest with yourself and identify what needs to go. God doesn’t want you to stay a baby. If you want the absolute best that He has for you, then it is time to get serious and do some hard work.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Growing Up-Monday Motivation

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 3:13-14


God wants to grow you up into a mature Christian. If you feel you are mature, then He wants to continue that process. There are goals that Christ has for you in this life. There are levels of spirituality for you to reach that are currently beyond your comprehension. God has great things stored up for you. Even in the midst seemingly so much hell on this Earth, God has so many good things for you to walk into.

God wants you to drop your past. All of the slip ups, mistakes, your stupidity, and backsliding. It’s over. If you have been born again Christ has made you new. If you are a new person, then you should be doing new things. Guilt is over in Jesus’ mighty name. Shame is gone through God’s cleansing power. Let go of the mess and prepare yourself for God’s best. Everything you went through was simply preparation for something better. Forget the past, anticipate what’s ahead, grow up, and get God’s absolute best for your life!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Our God-Friday Freedom


To whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
-Isaiah 40:25 NKJV


God is so awesome! How awesome? More than words can express. I think Paul says it best with the words ‘exceedingly abundantly’ (Ephesians 3:20). If you are Christian thank God you serve a real God. You don’t have a false hope. You don’t serve an idol. You don’t have to wonder if your prayers are really being heard. You serve the one true God. Live like it!

“There's no question of Your greatnessNor searching of Your powerOh the wonder of Your glory
To You forty years is but one hour
Your knowledge is all encompassing
To Your wisdom, there is no end
For You alone are God
You are God alone
Your mercy is everlasting
Your truth is here always
You are He who was, and is, and is to come
Who is He that can number your days
You flung the sun to burn in space
And the night's moon borrows light from day
Oh, You alone are God 
You are God alone"
~Marvin Sapp

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Our God-Thursday Thought

Do not fear, nor be afraid;
Have I not told you from that time, and declared it?
You are My witnesses.
Is there a God besides Me?
Indeed there is no other Rock;
I know not one.
Isaiah 44:8 NKJV


Who is like God? Several times throughout the book of Isaiah The Lord poses questions similar to this; and rightfully so. Obviously these are rhetorical questions. But the same issue God’s people faced back then are what we face now. Many of God’s people are running to everything and everyone else for direction in life but the Lord. Whether we do it intentionally or by accident; we let something else take the place in our hearts that only God should hold. And God asks, ‘Who is like Me?’ leaving another question looming in our minds, ‘why would you run to anything else?’

Do you hold anything else in your life above or at the same level as Jesus? How is that working for you? If you are honest with yourself you will admit that nothing can give you the joy and peace Christ gives. To know the unparalleled love of Jesus and seek solace somewhere else is the epitome insanity. If you have been born again you have been extended the opportunity to intimately know God. Do you live like it?