Stand Your Ground

Battles seem to come from every direction. When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Pharoah went after them in order to bring his labor force back to Egypt.  That is a picture of you and I. When we got born again we left Satan’s territory and he seems to be always after us to bring us back into his captivity.  Moses words,” Fear Not, Stand Still and See the Salvation of our God,”  should ring in our ears also.  We must not allow fear to enter or at least stay in our heart as it will open the door to the enemy. We should however, positional ourselves on God’s Word and stand firm. We must stand our ground spiritually, soulically and physically. Standing in faith means we choose to praise God in the center of the turmoil. Look on the outcome with the eyes of faith, beyond the barriers that seem to surround us. Speak God’s word over you situation and see what you desire with your spiritual eyes....

Overcoming the Storms of Life

June first is recognized by the meteorological society as the beginning of hurricane season. Life’s storms, however, have no season they can begin at any time. New technology also us to track hurricanes from a long way off and prepare or evacuate if we are in their path.  As Christians we possess an early warning system also, He is called the Holy Spirit. Jesus said,” He would show us things to come.”  He shows us the impending storms for three reasons. First we may be able to avert the storm by making some life corrections. Second we may be able to minimize the storms effects on our lives and thirdly we can prepare and actually be strengthen in and through the storm and be stronger once the storm is over. If we are not able to avert the storm, there are things we can do the weather the storm. Recognize: God is not the problem, He is the answer. Always stay on God’s side. He is on our side. Remember: God is faithful to His word, His covenant and to His people. Realize: Why the storm has come. We may have opened the door because of unrepented sin, dishonoring God, disobedience to His Word. So we should repent and shut the door. Respond: With the Word. His word will not return to Him void. Find scriptures that cover your case and bring it to God as His promise to take care of you. Rejoice:  We are told in scripture to rejoice and give in all things for this is the will of God for us. We don’t rejoice because...

Heart Healthy Habits

By now many have already given up on their New Years Resolutions due to frustration or lack of results. I want to challenge you to develop Heart Healthy Habits for your natural heart but also for your “Spiritual heart”. A study of healthy habits for the heart find they fall into three categories: Diet, Exercise and Rest. From a natural perspective we should watch what we eat, raise our heart rate for at least 30 minutes a day through some form of cardio exercise and we must get 7-8 hours of restful sleep. When we focus on our spiritual heart the same three areas are important. We must watch what we take into our minds and spirits.  Jesus said in Mark 4, “be careful what you hear”, To often we begin to act and behave the way the people we listen to act and behave. Our intake of the Word of God must out distance anything else we take in. We should always filter what we take in through God’s word. Second we must become doers of God’s word and not just hearers.  We put the Word into action by imitating God. Two particular issues are important to follow God. Walking in Love and hating evil. Plain and simple. Third, how do we rest in God. Putting out trust in Him, humbling ourselves under His hand and casing all our cares upon Him because He cares for us. If we watch our “Diet, Exercise and Rest” on a regular basis we will develop Heart Healthy...

Christmas Preparation

It is very obvious what season we are in. The stores are all decorated with Christmas items, playing Christmas music and the TV advertisements are robust with the newest gadgets, clothing and sparkly things.  Many people choose to decorate their homes inside and out for this holiday season.  We must always remember that “Jesus is the reason for the Season.” When we choose to decorate out homes there is at least four stages in the process. First we clean, second we rearrange furniture, third we decorate and finally we exchange gifts on Christmas day. When we look at these from a spiritual perspective we can see the same four stages in our preparation to receive Jesus into our hearts. First, we must clean out the clutter from our hearts. Things like bitterness, anger, worry, offense, malice, and the like for our hearts to be a welcome place for His presence. Second we must rearrange our priorities. Too often things, activities, and life in general takes precedence over our relationship with the King of Kings. Third the decorations are added to the house or tree or both. You see God want to decorate our lives so we can be visible to the world around us. He wants to decorate our lives with blessing and the fruit of the spirit so the world can see how good He is. Lastly, we exchange gifts. God’s gifts to us include, Jesus, Eternal Life and the Holy Spirit. We must be willing to accept His gift of eternal life. Remember it is a free gift. Jesus is described as an “indescribable gift.”  Our gift...

You are Destined for Greatness

Jeremiah 29:11 says, ” I know the plans I have for your, plans of welfare (Peace) and not for evil (calamity) says the Lord, If you will seek me and pray to me I will be found by you if you seek me with all your heart.” These profound words through the prophet Jeremiah speaks volumes. God has a plan for your life. He has destined you for greatness. God does not examine your past to determine your future. Nor does He plan your destiny based on your race, nationality, political ideology, educational accomplishments or your socio-economic status. He just has a plan for you based on His will. You see He knows what gifts and callings He has placed in you. He desires for us to locate those gifts and abilities and develop them to their fullest, to be used for His kingdom. You see we have a part to play to accomplish that destiny. We must have a focused desire. With being focused we could be side tracked rather easily. We must have a firm determination or the challenges of life can discourage us. We must remember Satan will endeavor to put obstacles in our path. Most of the men of God in the old testament were faced with many diversions. Lastly we need a fearless discipline. Discipline is a self control that keeps us striving for God and His Kingdom. God destiny for us may not make us great in the eyes of man, however when we fulfill His plan for our life, we will be great in His eyes. Be Blessed in all your do....