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James 2:8

Amplified Bible (AMP)

If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well.(A)

What is the Royal Law? The Royal Law is your Kingly prescribed duty of loving others regardless of what they say or do. You are to walk in love just like Jesus. You need to be willing to lay down your own rights to fulfill the Royal Law. You have a choice to let people see God the Father, who is love, working in you or you can let people see your bad attitude. Often we operate with good attitudes toward people and show love but when things get tough that is the moment we need to show love regardless of what we are going through.

I have said to many people, all I want to do is fulfill this Royal Law. I want to love people regardless of what they say to me or what they do unto me. My life is meant to fulfill the Love of God. I practice love daily in my own house. What do I mean about practicing love? Practicing love is choosing to love even when someone who is close to you makes a major mistake. Usually people are harder on their loved ones than on any other person.

Living a life of love to fulfill the Love of God is very exciting and it will draw others to you. This is what God did when He sent Jesus to the world. God was demonstrating His love for you and I that we would be drawn to Him. Loving your neighbor is not just the person who is next door but all you come in contact with. It’s easy to love someone when they act the way you want them to. However real love is when you love someone when they don’t act the way you want them to.

Real love is loving without the respect of persons. God does not care about color or design of people. He loves without respect of persons. God does not have favorites. So if the Heavenly Father does not have favorites we should love just like Him. It is possible to love like Him because Genesis 1:26 talks about us being created in His image and after His likeness. So this tells me that we can love like God and fulfill the Royal Law just like Jesus. Live to fulfill!

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: James 2:8-12

Ephesians 4:7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift.

Jesus’ grace was unmeasurable. Jesus had power without measure. This grace given to you and I is without measure. Grace is of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. (BLB) Blue Letter Bible.

Because this grace is unmeasurable it means that it is extended to anyone. It is not restrictive. God’s grace for you came from His love for you. If God did not love you it would be impossible to give you unmeasurable grace. If God didn’t love you there would be no way for you to be saved. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus as the saving grace. The measure of Christ’s gift was His death on the cross. It was the greatest sacrifice. It was unmeasurable because it was meant for all humans. However we can’t use this grace to sin willfully. Grace is the gift of bountifulness, acceptance, unmerited favor, liberality, blessings bestowed upon. You can’t earn grace. Grace can not be worked for. Grace is an extension of God’s love for you and for the world. That is why accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is your choice. Grace is given and it causes favor upon your life. Favor is opening of doors that man can not open and man can not close.

Jesus had favor everywhere He went. I literally started to tell everyone that I have favor. I announce the favor of God on my life. I proclaim God’s grace is sufficient for me and my family. I rejoice over the fact that I am blessed and highly favored. What this does for me is, it reminds me of who I am and whose I am. I am God’s child. I am a son of God. You’re a child of God! That means you are a carrier of grace, the unmerited favor. Because of this grace in your life you are also to extend this to everyone else. Regardless of what someone has said to you or done to you, you must extend grace. After all God extends grace to you when you act crazy or stupid. I am not calling anyone stupid but you can act that way.

Grace is given through the love of God. That is how grace operates. So should you extend grace to someone? Be sweet like Jesus and extend grace. Grace is what will win someone to the Lord. Favor is a by-product of grace. It opens doors, it brings blessings, it sets people free and it loves unconditionally. The grace factor is God’s heart for dying man.

Scripture Study: Ephesians 4:1-7

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Luke 6:17-19

Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 And Jesus came down with them and took His stand on a level spot, with a great crowd of His disciples and a vast throng of people from all over Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to listen to Him and to be cured of their diseases—

18 Even those who were disturbed and troubled with unclean spirits, and they were being healed [also].

19 And all the multitude were seeking to touch Him, for healing power was all the while going forth from Him and curing them all [[a]saving them from severe illnesses or calamities].

What causes faith to come, to grow and to work? Hearing! But, not just hearing anything, hearing the Word of God (Bible). Romans 10:17 (AMP) 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). We can see in these verses that the people came to hear Jesus speak and to be cured of their diseases. Many have claimed that Jesus did not heal them all and in this verse it is evident that He did. God’s will is to heal and to make whole.

For healing to come it is going to take your faith. My faith can cause others to be healed but they must hold on to it. Jesus is my healer and He is your healer. For healing to take place you will need to get your faith going. Jesus preached to the crowd and they were healed. Jesus preached and even the demons left the people. Preaching is necessary for your faith to grow and for you to expect. Without reading the Word of God and hear the preaching you can’t become expectant. The Word of God is seed and once it gets into you, you become pregnant. When you become pregnant you will begin to expect. After you become expectant you stand and keep standing until the hour of birth takes place.

Birth took place immediately for these people who were from Judea, Jerusalem, Tyre, and Sidon. They received the words that Jesus spoke and it healed them all. Imagine if the body of Christ would just understand that the same faith to receive Jesus as Lord is the same for healing. Faith is distributed to everyone the same. God’s Word says that He has given everyone The Measure of Faith. Romans 12:3 King James Version (KJV)For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Instead of complaining the Pastor is preaching too long, get into the message and receive. Instead of having a committee to tell the Pastor how to preach, get into the message and receive. Instead of allowing your stomach to dictate when your going to eat, get into the message and receive. Instead of looking at your watch and wondering when the Pastor will shut up, get into the message and receive. The message the Pastor brings to the pulpit has been studied, prayed about and looked at multiple times. However, whenever he or she stands at the pulpit they are the messenger of God that comes to encourage your faith and for you to receive all that you need. Don’t be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ time. They received nothing!

Scripture Study: John 4:7-14

Be Blessed!

1 Corinthians 12:5-6

King James Version (KJV)

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

God’s plan and desire is for all of us to work together. Those who are denominational and non-denominational. God did not design denominations. I know this is going to make someone offended. I will not apologize for one reason. You do not see denominations in the Word of God. Man’s way to keep order and design. The problem with this is that God’s Word does not need man to create order and design. God’s Word has order and design!

The biggest problems with denominations is that it causes separation. Denominations are what keep Christians apart from one another. Some may talk in other tongues and some may worship without instruments… Who cares! Jesus is not coming back for a denomination. He is coming back for His Church. If you have received Jesus then you are part of the Church. You’re part of a family.

I have preached in all types of denominational churches yet there is definitely one thing we all have in common. Jesus!  If we all started to work together how powerful would the Church be? If we were to all get along despite the denominational lines we could see a greater revival. We would see the USA changed. We would see our churches full every mid-week service and every Sunday service. There are differences in administrations but the Lord is the same. We can also have diverse operations but there is only one God who works in us all.

Look to fellowship with people outside of your denomination and expect to be encouraged and challenged. Expect to work together and see your community changed. If the denominations would work together instead of fighting we could make a change in our government, schools, communities and churches. If our church people would see us working with other denominations then they would happily work with us. As the king is so will the kingdom be. Let’s be kingdom minded and seek people like God sought you and I. Be different from the world. The world knows how to separate but the Church should know how to be united.

Scripture Study: Psalm 133

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Deuteronomy 31:12-13

King James Version (KJV)

 12Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

We are to set a standard! The Church today needs to stand up for who they believe in. Church do you believe in the Lord Jesus the Christ? Do you believe that Jesus was born of a virgin? Do you believe that He died on the cross? Do you believe that He rose again? Do you believe that He is coming back for us? If you say, “I do” to all of these questions, then you need to raise a standard of living.

We see here in these two scriptures that God is wanting the people to raise a standard. One that everyone should follow and one that everyone will be blessed with. God desires for all to know Him. He desires that we make Him known to all the world. God wants the people to live according to His Word. You might say… This is the old testament. O.K. then do you throw it out? NO, you can’t throw it out. God tells us to live this way in the New Testament as well.

Jesus said go into all the world and preach the Gospel.(Mark 16:15) He said make disciples of nations.(Matthew 28:19 NKJV) This is a standard of living. Jesus said I give you a commandment. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) This is a standard of living that should be echoed back when you teach them to your children, family, friends, co-workers and strangers. God wants you to teach them so that they can live blessed like you. God is wanting you to live like Jesus. Jesus was human and walked the earth just like you and I. However He did not live like the people on the earth. He lived a life that was always pleasing to the Father.

Is it possible to live like Jesus? Yes! As a matter of fact Jesus said be ye perfect like My Father. (Matthew 5:48) He set a standard that can be lived everyday. I am not talking about perfectionism. I am talking about living holy. I am talking about setting the standard that is different then the world’s standard. Following Jesus’ example will help you to teach this standard to everyone else.

Be different and set the standard of living! You set the standard when you walk, act, and talk like Jesus. So What Would Jesus Do?

Scripture Study: Romans 12:1-9

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Romans 8:28

King James Version (KJV)

 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The reason why He (God) called, is that He has a purpose for you. Ring, Ring, Ring are you going to answer it? Will you go per the instructions? This is what happened to me a little over four years ago. I was called to step off the ledge. I was called to a new place. While it looked crazy and almost too scary I had to go. Why? Because God called me according to His purpose. He had a place I needed to go. He wanted me to go somewhere, where I could not depend on family or friends. I had to take a step of faith. I had to leave to another state that I knew nothing about. I had to be the Pastor of a church I knew virtually nothing about. I did not even know the people. All that I have, is God’s Word, on what I needed to do. In one month I closed a five-year old business, packed my house, gathered my wife and children and left for a new state and new church. My faith in God was being stretched. I was driving knowing what state and city I was going to be in, but, there was the unknown about what I was going to do. I knew I was the Pastor but I still did not know the people. I had the vision but it was not known how I would get there. I had the vision years before I would leave. What I did not have, was the provision (money). God wanted me to stretch my faith. Faith is seeing what people call the invisible. It is stepping into the unknown. Faith is believing God even when it looks impossible. Faith is resting assure that God is in control. Faith is full of patience in the midst of a trial and tribulation. Faith in God will cause you to leap from the mountain top. Why? Because He called you for that purpose. You can’t have a testimony without having faith at work.

Instructions per the call will help you to accomplish the purpose. Many people are called but only a few will answer. You can’t screen godly calls because if you do, you will miss the blessing. Many people today screen calls because of being tired. They don’t want to answer because of what they may be asked to do. Let me say this to you… If you don’t pick up the call now, there will be that constant ringing that you will hear until you die. When you accepted Jesus you accepted the fact that He was going to call you. Listen to this analogy, its crude but truthful. Facebook a lot of people are on it. Someone on there sees your face and then they put in a friend request. It’s up to you to accept or deny. It’s them calling you and wanting to be part of your life. God when He calls, He is wanting to share his life with you. He wants you to help Him be known. He wants you to answer the call to make Him known. He wants you to talk highly about His Son. Many people say they want to fulfill God’s call for their life but they are either too busy, too tired, too selfish…ETC. God is calling you! He needs people for His purpose!

Answer the call today and watch how you will prosper in everything. Why? Because He called you for His purpose. He called you to do something and He knows you can fulfill it. His call on your life comes without repentance. He knows what He’s doing. When He called you, He knew what He was getting into. Let me encourage you with a portion more of my testimony… I am still at work with the vision and calling in my life. I decided over four years ago I would be the one who would answer the call. I decided, I would be faithful, even when it would cost me my reputation. I decided to answer, because, He said He would never leave me or forsake me. I answered because, He gave me a purpose. I am still working for His purpose and I am expectant everyday. I have had some hard days but my weeks, months and years have been great. God is doing great things in my life and in the life of my family and in the life of my church family. If I wouldn’t have stepped out, I would not have met the greatest people in the world (Houstonians). I would not be as blessed as I am today. I would not have the greatest church (Love Walk Christian Center) in the world and I would not be pleasing my God who called me for His purpose. Step up and step out, it’s the call God placed on your life.

Scripture Study: Romans 8:1-14

Be Blessed!

Acts 2:40

King James Version (KJV)

 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

In this scripture I made these last six words bold for a reason. You can save yourself from this untoward generation! Your probably wondering what untoward means. In the literal Greek it means curved, crooked, perverse, wicked, unfair, surly and froward. It’s deeper definition means leg, from the hip to the toes. Vines expository says it means to break legs. Powerful, when you think about breaking legs. Why? Because when you break the legs of someone you keep them from being stable. You keep them from walking and running. Now, I am speaking to you as spiritual. When you break the legs of the soulish man and fleshy man, you are breaking his legs from running to the worldly things. You are setting him free from what he is connected to. I am not talking about breaking some persons physical legs but the carnality of his soul and flesh.

As a minister of the Gospel, I have the undaunted call of sharing Jesus and the Word of God with all people. I have the call of sharing what the world looks like according to the Word of God. I have the call to tell people to turn the other way. I have to preach the infallible Word of God. As I preach it will break the soulish and fleshy mans legs of this world. I have to preach deliverance from this curved generation. I have to preach the breaking down of strongholds (Worldly Ways and Ideas). I want people to get saved. Just like God, I do not desire anyone to go to hell.

The Apostles in the book of Acts were really strong speakers. They were unlearned in mans ideology. They did not attend their schools or their belief seminars. They preached Jesus, performed miracles by the hand of God, and signs and wonders followed them. As they preached, they broke the soulish and fleshy mans legs. They helped people disconnect themselves from the curved, crooked, perverse, wicked, unfair, surly, and froward generation. Their minds were renewed. The people in the book of Acts received because of the openness of their heart. They received because of the conviction of the Holy Spirit. They received because real power and authority was present when the Apostles spoke to the people. Why? Because the Apostles could do nothing of themselves but only by what they heard and saw Jesus do. The Apostles broke the World’s legs and put the people in the right place.

Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis said it best when they used the term “Genetically Altered Religion.” These men of God were talking about getting off the worlds system (Babylon). They were saying the Christian has no right to be on this system in acting or thinking. I definitely agree with them! Genetically altered religion will give you a curved and perverted answer.

That was the untoward generations way of acting like a believer. They thought and acted like the world in a church setting. Peoples thoughts and ideas are curved and perverted. They trust mostly in material goods and what they can see and touch.  Some people in the church today act like believers but in reality they are just full of the traditions of man (Genetically Altered Religion). Their way of doing things! People it’s time to do things right!

First, you need to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, daily (Romans 12:1). Second, you must renew your mind, daily (Romans 12:2). Third, you need to put on your armor, daily (Ephesians 6:13-17). Fourth, you need to pray, daily (Ephesians 6:18). Fifth you need praise Him, daily (Psalm 135:1-3). Sixth, you need to get yourself into unity with other Christians, daily (Psalms 133:1-3) Start with these daily things and then you will not get caught up being twisted, curved or perverted in your generation. Be the generation that is outside the box. Be like the Apostles… Undaunted to speak the Word of God before all men.

Scripture Study: Psalm 135:1-13

Be Blessed!