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Proverbs 16:7

King James Version (KJV)

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

For a person to please the Lord they need to have faith. (Hebrews 11:6) Reverence pleases the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7) Living right before the Lord pleases Him. (Romans 6:13)

Staying obedient to the Lord and His calling on your life will please the Lord. I am talking about pleasing the Lord in everything you do. How many of you want to please the Lord? Is it your life mission to please the Lord? Do you want your enemies to be at peace with you? Pleasing the Lord is more than just obedience. God is wanting someone who desires to live to please Him. Most of us have a mission statement for our own life. We have places we want to visit and things we want to do. The only problem with our own mission statement is… It’s about ME, ME, ME. When the inward focus is moved to focus on God other than ourselves we will cause pleasure to come. The Lord is our Creator and our number one priority is to please Him. Why? Because He is the one who takes care of you. When you give Him your best He always blesses you. When you focus on Him you will please the Lord. Why? Because you will not have time to do your own thing.

When I was a young teenager all I wanted to do was please everyone else and be popular. So I went to great extremes to become popular. I never became popular, no matter what I did. It seemed like in all my trying all I received was more heartache and pain. As I became a young adult I continued to try to please everyone, only to keep failing. As I have gotten older I am at a place and saying it does not matter if I please anyone because I am not looking to fulfill me. As a Pastor today I am looking only to please one person in my life… God. I am not saying I don’t please my wife or children but they are not the first ones I want to please. My focus is about the Lord and His ways.

Dreams and goals are good and I believe the Lord wants you to fulfill them. However I know that the Lord wants you to make Him your first priority over everything else. Living righteous before the Lord will please Him. However to live righteous a person must have faith in the Lord and trust in His Word. Knowing what the Lord wants is the first step to pleasing Him. Trying to please man will only bring you heartache and pain. When you please the Lord you will also please those around you. Why? Because you’re making the Lord first.

What should a man’s ways be according to this scripture? Living faithfully, holy, righteous, sanctified, delivered and sold out to the Lord. These things please the Lord. So if you want to bring pleasure to someone live right before God and you will please Him. Make your life goal to please the Lord. Make your life mission to please the Lord. Pleasing the Lord is a choice we make. If you want to please someone without the headache and heartache please God because He always rewards. Diligently seek Him and your reward will be visible for everyone to see. Why? Because God rewards in the open.

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: Proverbs 16:1-9

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Hebrews 11:1

King James Version (KJV)

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is a substance. What is a substance? Substance is assurance and it is also confidence. In another translation it is a reality. In another translation it is assurance, confirmation or even a title-deed. These words are strong and carry insurmountable weight.

Faith can not be overcome unless the believer decides to give in to the pressures of this world and it’s facets. Faith is now! This means it occurs the moment you release and believe. Faith does not look for others to agree. Faith steps out by itself. Faith is a decision maker and will stand firm. Faith is based on the confidence of knowing. Knowing is having intimacy. Proper intimacy occurs through time spent.

Who you spend time with the most is who you will have a confidence in. When a husband and wife spend much time together they develop confidence in the other person. They learn about one another. They find out about their likes and dislikes. They learn about each others downfalls and victories. They learn and become more acquainted with their being. Knowing is about examining, asking questions and seeking answers. How does this all apply to faith?

It takes faith to get saved. You can not be saved without faith. My wife, children, friends or Pastor can not get me saved. It takes my faith and my confession to get saved. Same thing applies when it comes to believing for something. It takes my faith in the Lord that He will move mightily. My faith in the Lord is substance and it will increase the more time I spend with Him. The more intimate time that I spend with the Lord the better I will be acquainted with His being. People might argue that you can’t know God but I will have to say that you’re wrong. Why? Because He is a loving Father and He shows Himself mighty always. Just like a father will spend time with his children so does the Heavenly Father do with His children. He is always ready for conversation and He desires to spend time with you. Prayer is a time of intimacy not a chore. It’s not a chore to spend time with my wife. It is a blessing. The more time I make myself available to her the more acquainted she will be with me and I with her.

Faith that moves mountains is the same faith that helped you get saved. Your faith to move mountains is the substance, assurance, confidence, confirmation and title-deed. If you release your faith for something you can guarantee yourself the greatest results possible. It’s the lack of faith where people falter. If you don’t read your Bible your faith will fail because it’s lacking development and you always believe that God does not answer prayer. Romans 10:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself). Faith comes by hearing and hearing what Jesus preached.

Your worldly faith can be built up by people of the world. When we hear a story about something that is going on we tend to listen and have faith in what someone says. You can have perverted faith, which is fear. Fear is perverted faith! People fear things that have been told to them and they themselves have never experienced it for themselves, but they know they are afraid because of what someone has said. The devil spreads perverted faith and he develops it with words. It is the polar opposite of what God has done with His Word. The devil has words and God has the Word. What you hear the most will develop faith into either one. One will be faith and faithful. The other will be fear and fearful. One will be God’s Word and the other will be the devils words.

Get your faith built up on the Word of God because the devil is trying to build your faith in his fear based words. Stay in your Word(Bible) daily and confess God’s Word and you will see an increase.

Be Blessed!

Galatians 3:13-14

The Message (MSG)

13-14 Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.

Christ has removed you from that law of defeat and has placed you in the blessing. God’s blessing is available to anyone who receives Jesus. It’s impossible to have the blessing of Abraham on your life without first accepting Jesus. The blessing comes upon you the moment that you accept Jesus.

Jesus took the cross for you. You did not hang on a tree and if you did then you would be considered cursed. Jesus took the curse so that you would not have to. Jesus laid down His life so that the blessing would come upon you and overtake you. Blessing means God’s favor and protection upon you. It also means grace. Grace is the dividing factor between the curse and the blessing. You can’t be blessed and cursed at the same time.

Many times I have heard people talk about how bad they have something, but in reality if they would really look upon their lives they would be able to see the blessing. You will go through trials and tribulations but that does not mean the blessing is removed. It does not mean that grace has left you. Getting through the problem is a matter of your confession of faith in God’s Word. Confession means to speak like God speaks. God does not speak death, He speaks life and blessing. Instead of being stubborn about talking the problem and the cursed things, start being adamant about talking your blessing and the grace that God has made sufficient for you. God’s grace is always abounding and the blessing is always abounding. Stand in your blessing! Talk your blessing! Walk in your blessing!

You might say I don’t know how? Okay… Say this… I am blessed of the Lord. The blessing of the Lord is upon me and it makes room for me always. I am a child of the most high God and I am seated in heavenly places. God’s grace abounds in me and I am a distributor of this grace. The blessing of the Lord makes me rich and I have no sorrow because God will not add that to me. I am blessed and the devil knows it. I am not moved by what I see or hear. I am moved by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. I am not a curse but a blessing because of Jesus. God is my source and I will make Him known. The devil can’t defeat me unless I give in to him. I will not allow him to rob me of my blessings in Jesus name.

1 Corinthians 15:33

King James Version (KJV)

33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Evil communication, companionship and unions will corrupt the heart and it will affect the mannerism of a person. I know this because I used to hang out with a group of people who corrupted my manners. Understanding this… Because I chose to hang out with them I began to speak like them. The more a person hangs out in corruption the more their manners, character, morals and principles will become polluted and changed. Why? Because corruption is meant to reverse that which is good.

Corruption does not happen over night. It is a process. Not a single person is born corrupt. Follow me here for just a moment. Parents train up their children. Children will follow what they see. Children will speak what has been spoken. Children will imitate what was done. Why? Because they have a mentor. The Bible says Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Training is about learning. If you have trained your child to be disrespectful then the child will be disrespectful. If you train your child to have good manners then they will have good manners. However if you train up your child to have good manners but they are constantly around T.V. that promotes violence and poor manners then your child will be confused and take part in what it receives the most of.

Corruption is bred into the hearts of people. Jesus said Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.Why did Jesus say this? Because He knew what it took to change the heart of a person. That which goes into your heart (spirit) will come out of your mouth. It’s not what you eat that corrupts you… It’s your mouth that brings corruption. Corruption is sown through the eyes, ears and mouth. All of these are gateways into the heart of a person.

Let me give you an example… When I was a child we had a Pitbull. Many people would tell us that they are considered one of the meanest dogs around. I would tell everyone this dog will never be mean because we will treat her right. That dog lived for 11 years and not once did she ever hurt anyone. Why? Because we treated her right and we loved on her. No matter what people said we made sure that we did not corrupt our dog. Our dog was gentle because of the way we handled her. She was always playful! Where did that nature come from? It came from a people who would not seek corruption but love.

So if you want corruption to stop in your life then get some new friends, some different television programs and different music. This might sound so super spiritual but I have been on both sides of the track and I do not desire the corrupt side of the track. My life is different because I have a mother who would continually remind of the music and TV shows I would watch. She would continually tell me that my life could be different if I would change friends and get new ones. My mom inspired me to live a better life that would be pleasing to the Lord. I went from a son who sought corruption to a son who sought the incorruptible. I owe a lot to my mother. She prayed for me when I was down in the dumps and she blessed me when I didn’t deserve it. She pressed through all the heartache and pain of watching her baby boy behave so poorly. She would continually remind about the Word of God and how God has called me. She did not give up regardless of what I was doing. She confessed the Word of God over my life and helped me to see why I needed to get back into church and get right with the Lord. My mom didn’t quote a lot of scripture to me but she would remind of my morals, character, manners, and principles. This has blessed me today!

I am a true story of a blessing to my parents. I went from incorruptible to corruptible and then back to incorruptible. I went from wayward son to be blessing to my parents. Mom, God has honored your prayers. Since I asked Jesus to be Lord of my life, my life has changed for the best. I took off the corruptible and put on incorruption. Thank you mom for all you do and for all you have done. You are true mother. A woman of wisdom, understanding and prayer. Thank you for not giving up or giving in when it looked so bleak. Thank you for not giving me up for adoption or aborting me. Thank you for being my mother and showing me God. I dedicate this blog to you mom.

Scripture Study: 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Be Blessed!

1 Corinthians 4:2

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].

In this verse we see it is a basic requirement for a person to be found faithful. What is faithful? Faithful is one who is loyal or constant. Christians today need to be loyal and constant. Quite often I find people who want to do something but never follow through. They are constant in their talk but not faithful in their actions. As a minister of the Gospel it is vitally important to read my Bible and pray everyday. It vitally important that I be constant and loyal to God. Why? Because it will help me to be constant and loyal to my family and ministry.

God has entrusted me with a powerful ministry. The first part of the ministry is to God, then my wife, then my children and then the church. If I am to be a blessing to others then I have to read and pray and have fellowship with God. Through the years I have found that the more time I spend with God the better my marriage becomes. The more time I spend with God, my relationship with my sons grows.

When life is not good you can count on God being faithful to help you. When life is going great can God count on you being faithful? Many times things will start to go right for a family and then they stop fellowshipping with God. This is not being faithful. Being faithful is staying constant with God and staying constant with your responsibilities.

The topic of this devotion is staying faithful even if…  Your dog dies, family problems, doesn’t feel like God is talking to you, have an argument with your spouse, children act up, finances are messed up, car problems…ETC. Will you stay faithful through it all? Will you be constant with God?

The proving ground of faithfulness is staying constant regardless of any situation, good or bad. Stay faithful because there is always a reward.

My dad has taught me to be faithful in everything I do. My dad has been an inspiration to me and shown me what it is like to stay faithful in the midst of adversity. He has shown me to stay strong and deliberate in my work. He taught me a core lesson on what it means to hold to your word. He taught me to give more than my best and not to require praise.

I dedicate this devotion to you dad. Thank you for staying constant and faithful. Thank you for not giving up or giving in. Thank you for staying by my side even when I disappointed you. Thank you for showing me the love of God by being a faithful steward. Thank you for showing me how to be a good husband and father, because you’re faithful to mom and to your children. You dad are reaping the fruits of your loins!

Be Blessed!

1 Corinthians 1:9

King James Version (KJV)

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have you ever let someone down? Have you ever told someone you were going to do something but did not follow through? Have you ever promised something to your spouse or child only to forget to follow through with your promise?

Let me talk to you about God who is faithful and true. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. When your down in the dump, He is there for you. When everything is going great, He is there for you. When others have betrayed you, He is there for you. When you don’t feel well, He is there for you. When your spouse leaves you, He is there for you. All day and everyday God is there for you. Why? Because faithfulness means trust. I have lost trust in many people but not with God. He always shows me that He can be trusted. People will let you down and betray your trust, not God though.

It is impossible for God to let mankind down. Some may say… He did not help me when I was down and out. Okay I hear what you’re saying but did you know God is bound to His Word. God will not supersede His Word. He holds you and I responsible for ourselves. God is bound to His Word. He holds us responsible for the words that come out of our mouth. Proverbs 18:21(KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. God shows us that our words are death or life. Our words are like His words… POWERFUL. So, He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. When a king decrees something, He can not change what he stated. If a king makes a law he can not change the law after it has been made.

God is moved by our words and satan is moved by our words. My children are moved by my words. My church is moved by my words. Why? Because I am the leader. If I say I am going to do something then I need to follow through or people will not trust me. The same is with God. If you want to receive Jesus all you have to do is call upon Him. God made conversation possible with Him through Jesus. No one has a right to God except through Jesus. You can’t even fellowship with God unless you have Jesus.

God who is faithful sent Jesus as a sin sacrifice so that you and I can have eternal life and have conversation with the Father. God was faithful in sending Jesus and having the prophets prophesy of His birth, death, and resurrection. God did not give a particular date when it would happen but He was faithful to deliver. So, if you’re having a hard time with trusting others don’t let that carry over to not trusting God. God is faithful just like His Word says.

Be Blessed!

Romans 13:14

King James Version (KJV)

14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

It’s very easy to put on Jesus Christ. This is a matter of choice! I like the way that the Apostle Paul addresses this issue. He is saying that if you will let every part of your life belong to the Lord then you will not be able to make room for your flesh.

If people can be possessed of the devil shouldn’t God’s children be possessed of the Holy Spirit. If we were to walk continually after the things of the Spirit there would be no time to daydream about your own personal lusts. Lusting is not just about sex. Lusting is about wasting time on your ungodly desires. I know I have some issues like everyone else but I know if Paul the Apostle can write this statement then I should be able to fulfill it daily.

The topic of this message is Don’t Put That On! Why? Because if you do it will only satisfy you for a moment. Providing for the flesh is about temporary things. Anything that is temporal is subject to change. Put on Christ and you will find eternal things. Put on the flesh and you will only find temporary gratification. Put on Christ and you will find eternal gratification.

Life is not always easy but if you were to limit the resources of your flesh, then you will find life easier and more peaceable. Peace is the umpire to do the will of the Lord.

Flesh is temporary but your Spirit is eternal. Make a choice to give no place to your flesh. How? By opening your Bible and reading it. By adding 15 minutes to your prayer time. By taking authority over your flesh and saying to your flesh “stop it.” By making a choice to praise and worship more. Whatever is born of flesh is flesh. Whatever is born of Spirit is Spirit.

God’s desire is that you will desire Him alone.

Be Blessed!