Man-Up and Receive God’s Love

 

In keeping with our theme for the year, Working Out; Winning Others, we are focusing on winning men during the month of November. This is in no way even suggesting that men are superior to women. Actually, December of this year we will be focusing on winning women. January will be devoted to winning children and youth.

As we begin this special emphasis, it is my wish that every man will receive the love that God has for him. I know this might not even be an easy concept due to the fact that God is described as a male and many of us men are not comfortable with the idea of being loved by another male. But if you can forget the emotional element of love for a while and look at the caring aspect, it might make a difference. What I am trying to say to you my brother is that God cares for you. You matter to God. He desires the best for you, and has made provisions for you to actually have that quality of life that will bring you the greatest joy.

 

God has actually demonstrated His love for us by offering His Only Son, Christ Jesus to be the sacrifice who has made it possible for us to have peace with God and the peace of God. By receiving the gift of His Son, we also became the recipients of eternal life. No doubt you have been a hard worker and that is very commendable. Perhaps you have been looking at all the things you have acquired and you have a great sense of satisfaction because you have worked hard to obtain them. I applaud you for that. You have set a great example for others by being diligent and disciplined to provide for yourself and others. God is now calling you to rest for naturally, after all this hard work, He knows that you are tired. He invites you to come to Him and receive His rest. It is a rest that will restore every area of your life. You may not realize it, but just as constant use wears out machines, we humans, get worn out too. And we are not able to renew ourselves. God wants to renew you. Truth is, you are longing for this renewal with your entire being.

I have experienced His healing. He has mended my brokenness. He has been assuring me that despite my failures, He is always faithful. He loved me in my state of brokenness. He did not abandon me to the desires of those who wished and planned for my ruin. I am resting in His unconditional love. I invite you to trust Him to do the same for you. Whatever may have been the contributing factors to your hurts and pain, Jesus, your Savior is waiting to lavish his healing love on you. You will never be the same. I urge you to enter into a covenantal relationship with the real Lover of your soul. There is no greater love. Will you receive the Father’s love today?

 

I would like to hear of your decision. Please call me or email me. You are my brother; I want to journey with you. I want to share your joy. If I can be of any help to you as you commence this relationship with God, please let me know. God is love.

Behaviors Are Changed By Believing What is Taught

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The Whole Truth

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The Spirit of God was Moving

The Spirit of God was Moving…

 

Christmas has become a defining day for many. Much of the observances have no reference to the person and purpose of Christ. Easter, has some religious overtones. And there is an attempt to make sacred, some of the observations. Who remembers Pentecost? Who even celebrates it? And some would even ask, “Why celebrate it”? If there are reasons to celebrate Christmas and Easter, we have just as many and even more reasons to celebrate Pentecost.

Jesus stated the role of the Holy Spirit would be to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Where the Holy Spirit is present, there will be sensitivity to sin, righteousness and judgment both in our communities and in our individual lives. Just a note here: Justice is not a social issue it is a moral issue.

This Sunday, May 15 is Pentecost Sunday. We are celebrating healing and holiness in a special service at 6: p.m.  I am convinced that Jesus does not want His church to be without His Spirit. I have been thinking of the way the Lord describes the church that was in Laodicea, (Revelation 3:14-22). The church did not see any need of Jesus, because He was asking permission to come in to their church. They also were saying that they had need of nothing, (3:17). Can you imagine a church without Christ? Can you imagine a church without the Holy Spirit? Can you imagine a Christian without the Holy Spirit?

Jesus stated that apart from Him we can do nothing, John 15:5.  Paul states that if a person does not have the Spirit of God such a person does not belong to Christ, (Romans 8:9). The metaphors used to refer to the Holy Spirit makes us know that without Him there is no life: He is the Living Water; The Breath of God; He is Fire; He is the Spirit of life. I desire the Presence of the Spirit; I desire the power of the Spirit; I am determined to live in the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit. I know it is possible to have manifestation without operation. Yes, it is possible, (1 Kings 19:9-12).

I extend an invitation to everyone who truly believes in the Person and work of the Holy Spirit to celebrate the historicity of the Spirit. But more than that, experience His purifying work in your heart and live under the influence… LUI, (Credit Dr. Sam Vassell).

 

A Faith To Be Understood

A Faith To Be Understood

I am not sure how many automobiles are in the world. But I would guess they are in the billions. Some persons own multiple vehicles. Most of us who own one look for reliability and comfort. The authorities have stipulated that before we operate a motor vehicle on public roads, we must take and pass some exams to show that we know how to use the roads safely. Despite such measures, thousands of lives are lost yearly as a result of traffic accidents…mostly due to driver’s errors and not mechanical failure. Of the many persons who own and operate a vehicle, only a small percentage actually understand how they work. Most operators only know enough to operate them, and we are happy with that. Actually, I believe some persons are happy just to own one.

It is a similar situation with our bodies. Most of us only know a few basic things about our bodies and how they work. How many of us know how to measure our blood pressure? How many of us know how to measure our glucose level? What about our cholesterol, our hemoglobin, our sodium and the other vital enzymes and chemicals in our bodies? For these we see the physicians. Sure we know how to feed ourselves, take a bath, get dressed, and some of us can fix our hair.  We are greatly dependent on others for many necessary things.

Let me mention one more area; money. We know how to work to earn a living. But we do not know how to let the money we earn work for us. So we have investors, stock brokers, bankers and a host of other financial experts that we depend on. We know of some of the thieves who have exploited our ignorance and have swindled the unsuspecting out of millions of dollars. Just about everyone who uses the services of a bank or any financial institutions is at risk to be defrauded, and the internet has made this a lot easier. Some of us have been notified of large purchases that were made from our bank accounts without our permission and knowledge.

So we don’t need to understand how an automobile works to operate or own one; we do not need to know how our bodies work to be happy with ourselves and we surely don’t need to know how to make our money work, we just need to know how to work for it. What about the Faith?  Do we need to understand our Faith? Or should we treat it as we do our automobile, our bodies and our money? An individual who does not understand the Faith is quite likely to fall prey to the many wiles of the devil. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus makes us know that it is the person who hears the Gospel and understands it who will be a reproducing believer, Mathew 13:23. Paul asks us to understand what is God’s will, Eph. 5:17. He instructs us to work out our salvation, Philippians 2:12. Jude asks us to earnestly contend for the Faith, Jude 3. Faith in these contexts is referring to the body of truths that we believe, not faith as trust in God. Understanding the Faith takes time and thinking. Yes, it will require that we ask questions, study God’s word; spend time in prayer and spiritual contemplation and be connected to a healthy local fellowship. God’s peace is what surpasses our understanding not the Faith.

One should not confuse a thrill with happiness. Performances can produce a thrill; productions and presentations can boost us and even motivate us. But these are not substitutes for understanding our Faith. Like the operator of an automobile who does not know what a steady red light on the dash means, or the person who does not know that face drooping could be the sign of a stroke, or the investor who has no clue as to how the stock market is influencing his investments, and like the pastor of the church in Laodicea who was wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked but he did not know. In the same way the person who does not understand the Faith will think it is peace and safety but then comes sudden destruction. The Faith is precious. Let us seek to understand it.