Even They Belong to God

I am reminded of the scripture in Ezekiel 18:4 that says, “Behold, all souls are mine;…” This brought my mind to a place that caused me to think about “all souls.” I also had to think about how I treat people I do not know, and the people I do know.

This resignated in me because if all souls belong to God (in which I know they do) why am I treating people with such discontent? If I am hateful towards someone who is of another skin color than myself, then I am showing God that I hate him because that person belongs to God, and God created them in His image and in His likeness (Genesis 1:27).

Now, they may not be where “we think” they should be, but they still belong to God. Colossians 3:23 tells us to do all things as unto the Lord. So, when I beat or kill someone because their skin color is not like mine, I have beat and killed the Lord.

When I show brutal hatred towards someone because their lifestyle isn’t acceptable to society or the scriptures, I have just taken matters into my own hands and brought forth vengeance on a soul that belongs to God when he tells us that vengeance belongs to Him and He will repay (Romans 12:19).

When I call people out of their name, stereotype them, harass them, lie to them, steal from them, abuse them, and whatever else we do to people to gain control over them, we are abusing a soul that belongs to God, and we are doing it unto God.

We abuse, and mistreat our spouse and justify ourselves by saying, “I’m a man and that’s what I’m supposed to do.” But what he fail to realize is that the way he treats his spouse is how he is treating God, because she belong to God.

A woman that emasculate her husband by making him feel less than a man and attempting to make him feel as though he’s nothing without her, has just disrespected God by attempting to emasculate God because that husband belongs to God.

All of this hatred, bigotry, racism, and violence that is taking place today in the world is due to a people that do not know God and His love. They do not realize that these souls they are attacking belong to God and what we do to any particular group of people, we are doing it unto God.

The Lord is watching and taking notice of what we are doing and we all will be rewarded according to our deeds. We must repent of our wrong doings and allow the love of Christ to enter our heart and be filled with his unspeakable joy and peace.

Read Romans 2:1-11; Corinthians 5:10; Isaiah 1:18-20

Be blessed!

The Importance of Following Instructions

I have always wondered what happened to teaching and structure in the body of Christ. Proverbs 10:17 says, “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth repoof erreth.” This lets me know why so many people are erring in the body of Christ. For instance; I can recall some years ago where I was attending a church where the pastor gave the ministers of the house 10 minutes to deliver a message. There were some who finished within that time, but there was one particular minister who went past his time. I can still hear him saying, “That 10 minutes were not enough time for him and the Lord had more to say,” and he proceeded to go past his time which was allotted to him. Now when I heard that I thought, “Surely this guy has bumped his head and clearly can’t follow instructions.”

This young man had clearly moved into a place of error because he superseded the instructions of his leader. Hebrews 13:17 tells us to obey those that have the rule over us. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “it is required…that a man be found faithful.” The way we serve and obey our leader determines how our ministry will be established. These small steps of instructions given to us by our leader, is God’s way of testing and proving us to see if we can follow him in the little things. God wants to know when the anointing stops, are we going to stop, or are going to keep operating in self? I dislike nothing more than a preacher who constantly talks and is still operating after the anointing has left the building. A person who supersedes the instructions of their leader and the holy spirit, has no control and is operating in self.

Matthew 10:24 says, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.” In a movie I watched , there was a disciple who thought he was greater than his teacher. He felt this way because of constant reminders of being the chosen one, and he was different than any other student who received this particular training. He was very talented and skilled, yet he displayed great impatience, an inability to follow instructions, doubt, hurt, fear, anger, and many other emotional and prideful barriers. He broke commands and instructions on a regular basis and allowed his pride and ambitions to overrule what he knew was right. Because of his desire to be greater than his teacher, he erred tremendously and lost those dearest to him.

When our leader (either they are good or bad) give simple instructions for us to follow, we should do it. As long as the instructions are not against the Word of God, we should follow what is given. The greatest accomplish of being a leader is being an exceptional follower. The Lord desires that we walk in the ways of life, and be found faithful because he wants to establish us into our own work for him, but we can’t get it doing things our way.

David never attacked Saul and God raised him up. Samuel respected Eli and he began the school of the prophets. Hagar, Sarai’s made, was made to submit to Sarai (by the Lord) after harsh treatment. So, you see, your instructions and treatment has nothing to do with you personally, but it deals with the person on the inside.

Remember, Proverbs 15:32-33, “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”

BE BLESSED!

 

How Well do You Hear?

Our speach is dictated upon what we hear. When our hearing is off, so is our speach. The Bible teaches us that our words have power, and that power comes from hearing God’s voice, and believing what we heard, and declaring it to be so. Hear as we learn from Minister Janice Crittendon on the importance of hearing God’s Word, “You Gotta Hear Clear In Order to Speak Clear.” Be Blessed!

Living the Life God Designed for Us

There is a life designed for us by the Lord. That life has a pattern for us to follow in order to truly see the true blessings and favor of the Lord in our lives. Deuteronomy 28 lays out a pattern for the real blessings of God to be poured into our lives. Listen as Minister Crittendon expound on the Word of God about the blessings overtaking you. Be Blessed!

Are You Having a Tantrum?

When I hear the word tantrum, I think of a little kid in the supermarket having a fit because his/her parent or guardian will not allow them to have what they want. Most kids will scream, holler, fall out in the floor, or throw things in an attempt that their behavior will cause the adult to give in to their demands so he/she will be able to have what they so desire.

This reminds me of our body’s ability to tell us what it wants. For instance, you may want to stop eating a particular thing that you like, well your body is so accustomed to it that when you decide to stop, your body has a tantrum! You will experience a form of withdrawals like headache, weakness, or maybe even nausea. Your body is telling you that if you do not give me what I am accustomed to having I’m going to have a fit, and you are going to pay the price.

The same goes for our Christian walk. Ephesians 5:24 says, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Crucify means to put to death, and a part of 1 Corinthians 15:31 says, “…I die daily.” When it comes to us crucifying the things that our sinful nature desires to do, our flesh will not give up so easily. Think about it, when you decide that you want to go on a fast, every kind of smell enters your nose, and your body begins to have a fit for something that you know you probably wouldn’t drink or eat if you haven’t made a decision to crucify your flesh.

In order to be successful with this we have to make that conscience decision to mortify the deeds of our flesh (Romans 8:13). To mortify is to subdue (the body or its needs and desires) by self-denial or discipline. When a parent does not allow a child to have everything they want, they are teaching that child discipline. A disciplined child learns how to exercise restraint, can accept rejection, and knows they cannot have everything they want. An undisciplined child is quite the opposite. In a nut shell an undisciplined child will embarrass you in public. The Lord does not want His children to be an embarrassment to him or to themselves. This is why he tells us that those who endure temptation are blessed and will receive a crown of life (James 1:12).

So think about the next time you decide to present your body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1), that your flesh will have a tantrum because “the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would,” (Galatians 5:17) and “when you want to do good evil is always present” (Romans 7:21). Always know that these light afflictions (tantrums) are but for a moment, but when you continue to strive to be more like Christ, and not allow your flesh to rule over you, your desire to crucify those tantrums will work a greater weight of God’s glory in your life.

Until next time, Be Blessed!

Stop Fighting and Start Praising

After listening to a sermon a few weeks ago, I realized there is an improper operation of God’s Word. Let me explain. I have heard people say they’ve been fighting the Devil, the Devil is busy, and the Devil is on me to name a few. Now granted this can be true, however, these things should not be our focus.

First the Bible says, “Exodus 14:14 (KJV)  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” This right here informs me that when trying times come our way, we are not to run our mouth regularly about what the enemy is doing, we are to stand still and know that He is God. We stand still by seeking His face, and standing on his word.

In 2 Chronicles 20 three enemies came against Jehoshaphat and he sought the Lord and proclaimed a fast. In the last part of verse 15 the Lord spoke and said, “the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

The Lord defends those who seek Him, and walk upright before Him. Many afflictions are of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver us out of them all. This lets me know that within ourselves we do not have the capacity to defeat a spritual enemy, but through Christ we can do ALL things, and we are more than conquerers through HIM!

This brings me to my closing point. In the 21st to the 24th verse of 2 Chronicles 20 we see that Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise the beauty of holiness and to go before the army and to Praise the Lord for his mercy endureth forever. In verse 22 the scripture says that as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set up ambushments, and in the end of verse 23 the scripture says that they (their enemies) destroyed one another.

There are many places in the Bible that speaks of us Praising God will destroy your enemy (Jericho). We are not to fight the enemy, the only fight we are to have is the good fight of faith. We do this by standing on God’s Word, declaring it in our situation, and waiting for it to be manifested in our lives.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (KJV)  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Stop fighting and start praising. Praise should always be our weapon of choice because praise destroys our enemy. Praise the Lord in the midst of your testing time and allow the Lord to give you the victory and the spoils of your enemy. Until next time, Be Blessed!

True Revival

In order to walk in truth we must not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds so we can prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God

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