Friday, May 18, 2012

Micah 2:11
11If a liar and deceiver comes and says, I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer, he would be just the prophet for this people!

The prophet Micah had to relay a message from the Lord about false prophets. The false prophets always say what everyone wants to hear not what they need to hear. The false prophets not only cause their own destruction but the destruction of those they have lied to. Everyone looses when the truth is not told. Pretending that all will be well only delays the inevitable. Israel's destruction was coming sooner rather than later and the idea that everyone pretended it wasn't coming only made it worse. When God says He's going to do something and takes His time to do it, it's not because He's lying, it's because He wants you to get it right before you can't make it right. Believe it or not, God loves each and every single person He allowed to come forth through the birth canal. He doesn't actually desire to bring judgement or punishment on anyone. But when you don't listen, He has no choice. Your feelings, your wants, your excuses for not doing what He wants of you will not be heard. He will turn His head and let whatever destruction must come upon you for you to cry out to Him. Not crying out to Him before the destruction comes is simply your ego and inability to see that you are not really in control. God is the creator of all, therefore He knows what's coming. And by Him thinking enough of you to tell you is because He doesn't want to do it but He will do whatever He has to do to get you to Him. Whatever He has take from you to make you cry out He will take. Whatever you have honored more than Him, will then become your undoing. Those that tell you it's not are deceiving you to ease their own minds but God will deal with them.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Although I cover this topic in my book Get Your JOY In The Morning, I found it interesting that a CBS prime time drama covered it. I thought I would've written this earlier but everything is in God's timing not ours.

I turned to a show that I only began watching every blue moon after an actor friend appeared on it. The show is called Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan and Donnie Wahlberg. Episode 13: The God Whisperer hit a cord. There was a murder and the daughter of the woman slain was Jewish but one who often talked of hearing from God. Donnie Wahlberg's character and his partner spoke to the woman and she said God told her that her mother was dead and who murdered her. On the show, Donnie's family members are devoted church goers and Donnie's case became the hot topic at the dinner table. Throughout the family there was debate because most thought the witness was crazy and some of the family even admitted they didn't think the Bible was relevant today and whether God speaks. In the end, what the woman received from God helped Donnie and his partner solve the case. Donnie mentioned at one point, "well God has to talk. How else did Noah know to build the ark before the rain came?" Donnie was afraid to admit at first that God does speak and it's not a one-way conversation. But what was so disturbing was the family didn't miss a Sunday of church yet most had no real faith. How many are sitting in the pews every Sunday with no belief? Hebrews 11:1 says, Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Do you really believe God speaks? Have you said, "well something told me to do X, Y or Z," which kept you from a horrible incident? Are you giving proper acknowledgement to the Holy Spirit dispensed by Jesus Christ? Have you said, "the energy"...what it is, is a spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the only spirit that exists. We are also spirit but also flesh. There are many principalities of darkness as well. Remember Lucifer/Satan was once an angel of the Lord. You can feel someone looking at you or can tell when a person has walked in the room because you feel a spirit. Yes, God speaks. Our problem is we often choose not to listen. And whether the Bible is relevant, the same issues that exist in the Bible regarding drunkenness, greed, lying, adultery, fornication, idol worship, baby-mama drama, persecution, corrupt governments, poverty, flat out disobedience,etc all exist. Does this not sound like what we see in everyday life? So the only reason not to see is because one hasn't opened the Bible.

Get Your JOY In The Morning is not to replace the Bible it is to be an aide/study guide to go along with it. Why not read a chapter per day starting with Genesis. If you don't have one you can even download one to your smart phone, kindle, has made it easy. The goal or "win" is for all of us to grow closer to Christ. If you have done so while reading these daily messages, then ALL glory and honor goes to GOD, I am only an instrument. I pray that you take your walk with Christ seriously and read the instruction book God has left for us. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Closet Follower

Luke 12:9
9But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels.

Jesus makes it plain. To say you don't know Him in the presence of man gives Him the right to say He doesn't know you in the presence of angels. But many say, "Lord you know I love you." The best way you can ever show anyone you really love them is by not being afraid to show you do. Peter disowned Jesus three times because he feared his life was at stake. Not understanding that his life really was at stake but not so much at the hands of the high priests but at the hand of Jesus. Too many fear what man will say because they are closet followers. To be a closet follower means you only want people to know on the days you worship or when it's convenient for you yet every other day of your life you live as if you don't know Jesus. If Jesus is the foundation of your life then He will show in all areas of your life. We are to be the light that draws men to Jesus. How can that be if you're afraid to show you even follow Him? No, it doesn't mean you have to carry the Bible in your hand wherever you walk but what it does mean is that you are willing to tell the truth in love, even if it's unpleasant. When you study the Word of God, it will be within you and you'll show yourself approved as stated in 2Timothy 2. You will eventually be able to recall scripture like Eli in The Book of Eli. It also means you're willing to walk the right way and be a person of action, not just words. No matter what, people will know you by your fruit as Jesus says. A follower of Christ will be willing to stand up for what Jesus wants, even when it goes against what man wants. God always wins but if you have determined you will be silent, then your actions say that you're not following the winning team.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Now Get Up!

Proverbs 24:16
16for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

King Solomon detailed that though a man loves God and follows him, he will fall and not just once. But if he indeed still desires to seek God and follow His will then God will recover him from the fall. The problem, too many stay down after the initial fall and figure their situation is hopeless. It's only those who continue in their wickedness without regard to repentance that shall remain down. One who repents and really desires to seek God's will for their life will indeed get up. In the movie The Matrix, Neo was shot by agent Smith several times and was pronounced dead. That's just what the enemy wants you to be declared as, dead. But God! God wants to show the enemy that it is He who breathes life into you. While the agents declared Neo dead, Trinity continued to speak life into Neo's subconscious mind and eventually, Neo heard her and opened his eyes. And her words to Neo, "now get up!" Do you know the Lord is whispering in your ear each time the enemy has declared you are dead and in his possession? Guess what? The Lord is whispering in your ear and in your spirit, "Now get up!" The Lord is still declaring victory over your life even when the enemy thinks he has won. But it's when God says, "now get up" that you know, you still have a chance at life to fulfill the purpose He destined you for. How many of you have fallen and think you are hopeless? How many of you have been declared as dead and captive by the enemy? God is whispering in your ear, "now get up"! So what are you waiting for? Now get up!