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!

 

Food for Thought

​Some of us spend too much time talking to people about what’s going on in our lives when the other person doesn’t even have a clue on what’s going on in their life. We should spend more time talking with Christ because He has a clear understanding of your life, and he understood what he had to do in the Earth. Allow Christ to be your listening ear, and your thoughts will be established if you commit your ways to Him. 

Food for Thought

I heard these lyrics on a song while listening to the radio the part of the song says so many times we live our life In Chains and don’t realize that we have the key.

Christ has unlocked the devil’s grip of sin from our life. The scripture says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (KJV). I know “make” is a process, however, that process starts once you realize the chains are broken and Christ has given you the key of salvation to be loosed and live free.

Be Real or Sit Down

As a minister/preacher/leader of the gospel we must spend time in the presence of the Lord.  We can not give people accurate directions and instructions without seeking the Lord concerning what we should do and say to His people. Moses always went up on the mountain to hear from the Lord and what he should tell God’s people, and how he should instruct them (read the book of Exodus). Solomon sought the Lord concerning what he should do (1 Kings 3), and God gave him great wisdom. Jesus always sought the Lord and stayed in the presence of His Father, this is why He was so affective.

When we do not spend time in God’s presence we become a generation of selfish preachers who are not concerned about the soul of the people who are under our care. The word we bring should encourage, strengthen, enlighten, give hope, and break bands of unbelief. Jeremiah 23:4 says,  “And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.” It also says in verse 29, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”

When we deliver our messages, who is the focal point? Is it us? Is it our own accomplishments? Or is it a word to gain control or financial gain? My brothers and sisters the gospel is not a get rich scheme, neither is it a career opportunity we use to exert our weak minded, insecure ideas upon the hearts and minds of those who are sincere in their walk with Christ. God has called us to be servants, and if we cannot serve enough to give people the truth, then we need to get out of the way, because failing to give people the truth by lining up with the word we speak, and allowing it to deliver us, we have placed ourselves in a position of self, and we know that self cannot reign in the presence of the King.