Sunday, August 25, 2013

Conditionally Coming To God? Is God’s Kingdom a Condition of Your Heart or a Condition of Your Wants and Needs.

These days most people come to God with conditions.  Conditions of needs or wants-job, marriage, children, healing, money, etc.    

The Bible does tell us if we ask God for anything in faith it shall be done unto us.  However, after we get the need or want fulfilled-what happens next?
Of course we know that many of Jesus’ listeners were touched by his words and came to have faith that moved them to follow Jesus in the pursuit of the blessings of God’s Kingdom.

But do we really want God as our REWARD  as God told Abraham in Genisis 15:1.  Do you know that if God is our abundant compensation, every dream, desire, need and wish will be exceedingly and abundantly fulfilled.

When we have God in our hearts, we have access to everything! 

Many Christians might not verbally say it, but their lifestyle and actions boldly demonstrate that don’t really desire God as a reward or heaven.  Isaiah 66:2 says that  God will have regard for those “who tremble at My  word and reveres My commands.”

Zephaniah 2:3(Amplified)says “Seek the Lord [inquire for him, inquire of him, and require him as the foremost necessity of your life]…..” This is a very powerful verse, because after you get the job, car, marriage, children, healing, etc; how are you going to maintain them safely and have your peace of mind if you don’t seek God from your heart?

We are designed by God to have and consistently receive special treatment- special attention, in fact that’s the essence of  Grace.  However we have to make ourselves available to receive it. 

Be we willing to sacrifice it all for God and worship him.  And then not only will God give you the desires of your heart, but you will receive double portions.  Psalms 34:9-11; tell us that we should revere and worship God….inquire and require of the Lord.  Verse 11 tells us that God will even teach you to revere and worship.  So what’s your excuse!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Christians Who Don‘t Do Crime But Cover Up Criminals

There are a lot of Christians that go to church every Sunday, praying to God to change their lives albeit concealing criminal activity.   They give the excuse that it is just to help solve a problem or issue that arises, but they fail to look at the sacrifices they will have to make.

 Unfortunately, these Christians are  unconsciously  telling God that they value being under the covering of a thief, rather than the covering of Christ alongside their pastor.  1st Corinthians 10:21(Amplified)says “You can not drink the Lord’s cup and the demons’ cup.  You cannot partake of the Lord’s table and the demons’ table.”  Verse 22 asks the question “…..Are we stronger than He(God)[that we should defy him]?”

During a time when we were experiencing some serious financial challenges, God  led me to watch a film called “TAKERS.”  I wasn’t even aware that I had become so engulfed by the illusion of glamor, easy life, swagger, class and riches in the film-that this thought flashed across my brain “wow! it would be so much easier  to just rob a bank.”

 It was quite a good action packed film-about rich young guys who call them selves “Takers,” but it also included a policeman who was  a “Taker” as well.   Together with this, the question of how to effectively evangelize to a rich robber or poor thief became a serious thought. 

How do you convince them that all the money, power, etc that they are taking from others they can get from God?  Well we decided to take a few of the reasons and compare.

Covering Of A Thief

Under anointing /covering of Sin/Evil
Controlled by flesh drinking, and drugs to deal with stress and burdens. Which leads to more problems-addiction.
Gives you protection from people or issues after they attack you
Can not heal you
You Pay weekly or monthly for your protection with no reward
You consciously assist criminals to launder their money or use your business to protect or cover up their criminal activity-You have no peace because you have to consistently live in dishonesty.
If the criminal goes down and gets caught, you name will be associated with them as an accessory
You will loose eventually.  Life is a full circle of events, what you take will surely be taken from you.
You have to be careful who your kids or family talk to, you don’t want them to get too close or mix with these criminals.  They could be used as pawns if you choose to stop assisting or make a mistake with these criminals
You are always paranoid and watching your back
Recruit others by force, money or a temporary illusion that life is of better quality.
With crime either you are in or out. You can’t ride the fence.  All famous people in crime are in jail or dead.  Their families pay a price of pain
You have to hide what you do, you are ashamed to tell others what you do in secret.
Criminals know if you get too rich, you might not want to help them any more, so they always keep some negative secret to use against you as back up to keep you in check -just in case.


Covering of A Pastor

Under Jesus Christ’s  anointing/covering of God
Controlled by holy spirit and any problem, stress or burden given to God is solved. Which leads to peace
God Gives you protection from all evil before or after it attacks you
God can heal you always
You Pay tithes, offerings, sow seeds weekly or monthly and reap a multiplied harvest with blessings
You have peace of mind with your business you do not have to consistently tell untruths and everything you do prospers.
Even if your Pastor goes down, it can’t touch you because you are under God’s anointed covenant of protection. You are the Apple of Gods eye, his Jewel
You Never loose.  God always restores-even sometimes double just for your trouble
God perfects everything that concerns you, your family will be blessed, they enjoy mixing with other church members, believers, or Christians
You have angels protecting you  from invisible arrows, pestilence that stalks in darkness or sudden death that surprise& lay waste at noon day
Recruit others with PROOF that their lives will change forever.
The man or woman who gives it all up for God becomes a great nation.  God says he will make your name famous and distinguished.  And your families will heal through any pain with peace, testimonies and triumph.
Never ashamed of the Gospel, you are free. In fact you want to tell the world how good God is to you.
God wants you to be wealthy, he takes pleasure in your prosperity.  He wants to bless you with an abundant increase of favor.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Even Atheist’s Have Faith

Which faith stands up under test-that of the atheist or that of the religious believer?

Atheist have faith enough in their principles to desire to shut down religious beliefs-therefore enabling an end to suicide bombers, religious wars and televangelists.

According to Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg “the world needs to wake up form it’s  long nightmare of religious belief.” “ Anything we scientist can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilization.”

According to Atheist Sam Harris, “People must be unafraid to speak frankly about the ‘mountains of life destroying gibberish’ found in the Bible and the Koran.

All the same can we really blame them for the beliefs?  Religion has destroyed a lot of Christian lives due to hypocrisy.  Jesus Christ was of no religion.  Psalm 14:1(NIV) says “ The [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart.  There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable deeds; there is none that does good or right.

Both the religious and irreligious have and still commit atrocities.  However  the real question that should be asked is whether the actions of these groups is out of their religious or non religious beliefs-or really out of these people’s  hearts.

 Jesus tells us in Matthew 15:18-19 “ But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasoning’s and disputing and designs)…..”  But God will judge- Acts 17:31(NIV) “Because he has fixed a day when he will judge the world righteously (justly)…….” 

Many Christians and atheist’s believe that  “traditional” Christianity that people are practicing has little in common with the Bible.  Some even expound further that the problem with religion is that it divides people rather than uniting them. 

In conclusion to this ongoing difference of opinion, the question of the existence of a ‘True Religion” needs an answer.  Could there really be a group of people on earth who rightfully represent God?  Well the only way is to do as the Bible tells us 1st John 4:1(NIV) “ BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit but prove (test) the spirit to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.”