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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

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!

1 Timothy 6:12

King James Version (KJV)

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Many people talk about fighting the good fight of faith. Fighting the good fight of faith is not just fighting against satan and his cohorts. Fighting the good fight of faith is speaking faith words that bring forth reproduction. Your words bring forth reproduction. What you speak brings forth blessings or curses.

Jesus spoke and many were healed, delivered…ETC. Do words carry forth power? Yes! Scripture talks about your words and what they bring forth. The scripture in Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Your words are very powerful. You can bless someone and curse someone. Your words can make a situation good or bad. You need to keep your words clean.

As a believer you need to lay hold of eternal life. This means you need to understand and comprehend your life as being forever in God’s presence. Why do you need to do this? So you can continually keep your words clean. Here is an example… People arrive at a crash and see cars all messed up. These people are not going to speak good things but they will speak about the crash and even potentially bad things. More than likely the people will start talking about death. Maybe no one died but people will talk as if someone died. Why? Because they are moved by the situation. The point is this, if you lay hold of eternal life you won’t speak death. Why? Because your life is moved by eternal life.

You have negative people and positive people in a room. Whoever you hang out with is who you will talk like. The same thing applies with who you’re listening too. If your life is filled up with satanic things and you’re constantly listening to condemnation, who will you talk like? You will talk like the devil. If your life is filled up with godly things and you’re constantly listening to life, love, peace, joy and faith, who will you talk like? God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Your words are the container of your heart. Whatever you place in your container clean or dirty will spill out. Be cautious of what you bring into your life. They will show where you have been. Your profession of life will be seen and heard by many witnesses. Keep your words clean!

Scripture Study: 1 Timothy 6:12-19

Be Blessed!

1 Thessalonians 5:24

King James Version (KJV)

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

God is so very faithful. Your calling was not made up by you. Your calling did not come because of what someone prophesied. Your calling was ordained before you were conceived. Your calling was placed upon you the moment you were conceived in your mother’s womb. Your calling is a heavenly calling from God the Father. The prophecy you received about your calling is God waking you up to recognize what your calling is. Everyone has a calling. But not everyone knows their calling or even seeks God about their calling. Your calling has blueprints, directions and instructions of what you’re supposed to do. Your calling has a map of people you’re supposed to influence. The Bible says your calling is without repentance. Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Don’t waste time talking about your past. Talk about your calling! Walking in the call on your life will help you bless others. It will help you move forward.

God is faithful who called you. Because God is faithful, He will help you to walk out this calling on your life. Don’t wait for God to make some moves. Start out on your journey and God will instruct and guide you. Why? Because He desires to bless others. How does God do that? He does that through you. Make yourself available to your Pastors. Start participating in church and watch what God will do. Ask to help somewhere in your church. Helping is the grounds for training. Helping in your church will open opportunities to bless others.
The call on someone’s life is not about just receiving the blessings. It’s about meeting the needs of hurting humanity. The world is in need of a Savior, Jesus. Jesus is the Savior for the world. There will never be another Savior. His calling was to teach, preach, die, rise, release, defeat sin, ascend and come back again for His people. What an awesome calling! He fulfilled it and God helped Him the whole way. When you decide to receive your calling you will begin to fulfill what God ordained before you were born. When you surrender to the call of God on your life the blessings will start to overflow and overtake you. You will not have to look for the blessings because you will be living in them. Remember… It is not you who has orchestrated the call. God who is faithful orchestrated it all and He will also do it. Make yourself available!
P.S. Remember this is Pastors appreciation month. Encourage your Pastors this month. After all they encourage you month after month.
Scripture Study: 1 Thessalonians 5:11-26
Be Blessed!

Colossians 3:1-2

The Message (MSG)

1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Temporary things will give you temporary happiness which is a temporal emotion. Temporary in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent. Temporal things tend to cause many believers to be like a roller coaster. People are up then down. They go real fast but stop abruptly. If you set your mind and life on temporal things then you will always be making changes to get the same result. With your mind and your will in pursuit of eternal things you will always have a guarantee. People today are looking for a guarantee on temporal things. The way that I define temporal things is… Subject to change!

For example… You have a candy bar. It satisfies you for just a moment. After 30 minutes or so you find yourself wanting something more or even another candy bar. Why? Because it is temporal. It is meant to give immediate satisfaction but it always has you coming back for more.

Eternal in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning. What a powerful definition. This blesses me because the Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life. Eternal means forever. This is like eating a candy bar one time and never having to eat another because the craving has been permanently satisfied. Being a human we often still feel unsatisfied. Why? Because of temporal cravings for worldly things. We want the hottest and greatest things that come out. We try to keep up with the Jones’ only to crave more. We are temporarily satisfied.

Put your mind on eternal things. Pursue eternal things that Jesus presides over. Looking at the things in front of you will always have you in the here and now.

I will close with this in mind. Too often people get moved by what they hear and what they see. These things on the Earth are temporal and not eternal. If you pick your head up and look to God the Father, He will set you on eternal things and the things of this Earth will not move you. Be moved by the presence of God and not the temporal things.

Scripture Study: Colossians 3:1-10

Be Blessed!

Philippians 3:14

Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

I have been working with this theme called the “Past” for a about a week or so. The reason why I am discussing this issue is, I have heard many people talk about their past and find that they don’t just talk about it they live there. It’s impossible to move forward if the person keeps going backwards. My friend who is one of the Elders in our church said this statement to me on the golf course about 4 years ago… “If the golf ball goes forward it means that you have positive yardage which is forward progress, every inch counts.”  I laughed when I heard that statement because as simple as it is, most people make it difficult. It does not matter the distance, so long as it is moving forward. Forward progress is positive yardage and it is about moving to a desired destination.

A person like myself, who likes to play golf is always looking for distance and consistency. I really enjoy playing golf even when my forward progress ends up in the woods or a sand trap. Why? Because I know that I am moving ahead. The game of golf is meant to be relaxing but most who play golf get frustrated because they don’t hit the ball like some of the professionals. Let me say this to you… They are called professionals because they spend time on their sport. They practice long hours and spend a lot of time making adjustments. Why? So they can improve. This should be the action of the Christian Believer. They should continually practice on moving forward in the things of God instead of settling for last years miracles and anointing.

Let’s transfer this over to the Christian believers life. Just because you have a problem or something creeps up does not mean that you quit. I watch so-called Christians quit and give up when they get attacked in their health or finances or marriage..ETC. This is not forward progress. Paul talks about pressing toward the goal. Just like a golfer who is looking to get the golf ball into the cup (hole), he makes every stride to pick the right club for the distance that he is at. His desire is to get the golf ball into the hole without taking a bogey (penalty) on his scorecard. As a Christian you should be pressing toward the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ. You should be looking on how to move forward and to make progress.

In my life as a Christian I have had ups and downs but I have not quit and I don’t plan on quitting ever. My plan is to have positive yardage in the Lord, in His Word, in prayer, in my marriage, in my parenting and in Pastoring. I sometimes look back but only to see where I came from. I am not the same as I was yesterday and I don’t have plans to try to make up for yesterday. I am pressing ahead! Do the same! You can move ahead and you will have positive yardage.
Stay constant and be consistent.

Scripture Study: Philippians 3:14-21

Be Blessed!

Ephesians 2:22

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.(A)

How do you see God’s place? Where does He dwell? God’s place is not full of evil, neither can it ever be. God’s habitation is found in you. Shouldn’t you keep yourself clean? Shouldn’t you make sure that all is well in you?

I am asking these questions for purpose. When I was a teenager I did not like the way I looked. I felt like I was not good enough. This came about because I did not understand my identity. I did not know that God’s house was in me. I know someone who is reading this blog and is probably thinking how can this guy say this… I can say this because of the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? As a Christian I was made fun of in school. I decided to hide what I believed. I remember in freshman baseball most of the guys called me preacher and that embarrassed me. I thought that was a bad name to be called. I didn’t realize how much that was a complement to God. When I was a teenager I was always looking for approval from my peers and anyone who was popular. I was looking for approval from my parents and family members. I did not get a lot of approval because of my actions. I did get attention but it was not the right attention. I was rebelling yet I had God who was living in me.

After a time I found myself looking to drugs and alcohol. I found myself drinking more than most people. I was drinking and doing drugs to escape from what I knew. I was drinking and doing drugs to escape failure yet I was failing in what I was doing. Where was God in all of this? Didn’t He care? Doesn’t He see what I am going through? This was my daily prayers. This is what I would say after a long day at school. The people I longed to hang out with could care less and the people who cared about me I cared less about them. Talk about being ironic. My heart was torn and my life seemed dim. After a long time of running from God, I found myself turning to Him.

See I did not want old-time religion or some fake Christianity filled with legalism. I was looking for a real relationship. I needed God to be real and I needed to talk to Him like a Father and friend. I don’t remember many of my Pastor’s sermons because I was too interested in myself. I am sure that he preached on 1 Corinthians 6:19 but as a teenager I was not that interested. What I needed to know is that God lives in me. I was reminded of what my Sunday School teacher taught me. When you ask Jesus into your life He makes His home in you. What a revelation!

Today as a Senior Pastor of one of the best churches in the world (Love Walk Christian Center).(Bias opinion of course) I am reminded of the habitation of God. I am reminded of the many people who need Jesus and who are lacking a relationship with God. I can see today that most people are driven by what they see on the TV, the internet, books, or magazines. Forget that stuff, it will get you no where quick. God who loves you dwells in you. You don’t have to look like someone or act like someone to be someone. You are the temple of God where the Holy Spirit dwells. You’re special and you’re blessed! You don’t need man’s approval for anything! Seek God first and He will make your way pleasant. As you think about keeping your home clean and spotless, think about keeping your home where God dwells cleaned and spotless.
Scripture Study: Ephesians 2:13-22

Be Blessed!