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Philippians 3:13

King James Version (KJV)

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Quite often I hear people talking about how they could have done things better. I often hear about yesterday’s event rather than what God is doing for someone now. Many people dwell in the past instead of the future. Many people talk about the old things and never get out of the past. It seems to me that people like to dwell in the past. We all have past memories and we can talk about the good times. Most people stay in the past though. They don’t even know how to talk about the here and now. Most people don’t know how to talk about good things. Most people talk about bad things.

Paul the Apostle talks about forgetting the things which are behind and reaching forth to the things ahead. His mind was on the prize of Jesus Christ. His mind was looking forward to the blessedness of being with the Lord.

The reason why people do not look ahead is… The have nothing to look forward to. They have nothing to press forward to. They don’t have a prize in life.

Here is an example… If your job says you will get a raise every three months, you will have a goal of looking ahead for that prize. Why? Because you will begin to aim at something. If you played sports like I did… I aimed at titles, championships, medals, and trophies. I aimed for the prize ahead. I would think about the glory of being number one. I would daydream about being the best. I would even dream of being the best.Why? Because I was reaching ahead.

While I play sports for recreation today I still find myself aiming for a prize and I find myself pressing ahead. Today as I Pastor I have a vision from God for our church. I am not striving but I am pressing ahead. I am looking forward to seeing the vision fulfilled. Everyday I have to remind myself of what I have. I have to remind myself of why I have been moved to Houston, Texas. Everyday I am excited about what my day will hold for me. I choose what kind of day I am going to have. I make a choice and stand behind it. So what if something comes up! I can still have a good day. Why? Because I am pressing ahead. If you’re not moving forward, then you have backed up and will eventually crash. Why? Because you have lost your direction.

If you’re lacking vision for your life, let me introduce you to Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God. He was beaten and mocked for you. He received the cross of crucifixion for you. He died and rose again after three days. He showed himself to His disciples and many others. He did all of this because God the Father has a master plan for you to have a good life, for you to make eternity. Now it cost God everything so that you can have everything. He paid the price of sin with His Son. So if you would like to press ahead and get out of your past and get to a place of a vision for your life, repeat this prayer out loud and receive Jesus today.

Prayer: Jesus I ask you to come into my life and forgive me of all my sins. I denounce satan and all his works. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior. According to Romans 10:9-10 I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus died and rose again. Today I am a saved. Today I am counted as one of God’s children. I have entered into a new family and I am not ashamed. Thank you Lord for saving me. I pray this confession in Jesus’ name. Amen!

I know that my life changed when I decided to ask Jesus to be the Lord of my life. I still had problems, but I knew that I had a new life that would get better. I was frustrated of not knowing what to do in life. I was honestly mad and I needed direction. Everything changed the moment I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I just knew my life would get better because I was going to be used to bless the Lord. I had something that I could press ahead too. From this day forward you don’t have to look back at anything. You look forward and don’t let your past dictate your present and future.

Scripture Study: Romans 10:6-13

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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.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.

We have such great promises with God. He will meet our needs. Be available to us always. Hear our prayers. Comfort us always. Take care of our enemies…ETC. However it is vital to note that we need to cleanse ourselves daily.

You would make sure that you were clean before you left your house right? Well it’s more than just cleaning the outside of your body. This cleansing is from things that contaminate your body spiritually as well. How can your spirit be contaminated? By what you watch on T.V. or by what you hear on the radio. Let me give you an example… Don’t just listen to the beat of the music. Listen to the words that are sung. Some of these Christian songs are abominable. They don’t speak about God’s faithfulness or that He is great. Some songs are more or less sung about the songwriter and how they have gone through something. Our spirit is susceptible to music. Why? Because we were created as creatures of worship. What is sad that there are songs that are supposedly called Christian but are full of distrust and lack of relationship.

Do you understand that music is a way to the spirit of man because of our life being made for worship. Man desires to worship. Who we worship is very important. Your spirit can become corrupted by what you put into it. Just like you would examine a dirty area of your body and cleanse it with soap, the same is needed for your spirit. You can examine what you have put into it and cleanse it by repentance. Repentance is a spiritual cleansing car wash. It examines the dirty area and applies the blood of Jesus which makes us white as snow.

Pay attention to the songs that are sung. Be sensitive to the Spirit of God that you don’t grieve Him. So if there is something that you are watching that is causing a bad stirring in you, then you should turn it off or walk out. Why? Because this “something” is making your spirit dirty and grieving the Holy Spirit.

Keeping yourself clean is your part of being consecrated unto the Lord in reverence. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Would you offer God something dirty? I think not! You would provide the best. However looking good on the outside is not enough. It’s the inside God will examine. Examine yourself and keep yourself cleansed daily!  It is your reasonable service! Romans 12:1-2 King James Version (KJV) 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 7:10-12

2 Corinthians 2:10-11

Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive that one; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sakes in the presence [and with the approval] of Christ (the Messiah),

11 To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.

When you hear these scriptures you should be reminded about forgiveness. If you don’t forgive neither will the Lord forgive you. If you don’t forgive, your offerings will not be blessed and multiplied. Forgiveness unblocks the blessing blockers in your life. Releasing forgiveness opens a door for you but also for the recipient. Forgiveness is not for the other person, it’s for you. Remember, forgiveness is what Jesus did even after they crucified Him. Luke 23:34 (King James Version) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.Can you do the same thing? Will you do the same thing?

Too many times people get offended. Offense is what opens the door for satan to take advantage of the person who is offended. Offense keeps the blessing from manifesting. Offense is what divides churches. Some may say well I did not like the way the Pastor spoke today. Then you my friend are very offended. Offense is the key tactic for satan to come in and divide. Division is the name of the game for satan. If you don’t like something that the Pastor has said, pray for him or her. If all you do is get offended, then you have been hanging out with satan. If you’re not, then whatever the Pastor says will not bother you. Offense is the opening of your hedge of protection. If you open it up then you open yourself to a nasty attack from satan and his cohorts.

Choose to walk in forgiveness just like Jesus. Even after people stomp on you forgive them anyways. People will make mistakes and it’s your job to love them regardless of how many mistakes they make.

Peter asked Jesus a question… Matthew 18:21-22 King James Version (KJV) 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.Jesus responded with a love answer! Love covers the multitude of sin and trespasses. Because we are called Christians we are to be Christ-like, always!

If you think your blessings have been blocked, then ask God to show you what is holding your blessings captive. If you find that you have been offended then you need to ask God to forgive you. You need to release forgiveness to whomever you have been offended with. Forgiveness will set you free and release your blessings.

Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 2:10-17

Be Blessed!

 

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

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1 Corinthians 12:7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

But to each one is given the manifestation of the [Holy] Spirit [the evidence, the spiritual illumination of the Spirit] for good and profit.

MANIFESTA’TION, – The act of disclosing what is secret, unseen or obscure; discovery to the eye or to the understanding; the exhibition of any thing by clear evidence; display; as the manifestation of God’s power in creation, or of his benevolence in redemption. (Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

PROF’IT  – To benefit; to advantage; applied to one’s self, to derive some pecuniary interest or some accession of good from any thing; as, to profit one’s self by a commercial undertaking, or by reading or instruction. To communicate good to; to advance the interest of. (Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

As a believer we are to profit at everything we do and everything we hear. Why? Because the Bible says to each one is given the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. We should have evidence and spiritual illumination of the Spirit. It is not enough to just say you are filled or that you have received. You should manifest the Spirit of God on your life. We are to be a display for the world to see. People should be drawn to you. Why? Because you have the same Spirit as Jesus living in you. Because you will benefit others by being filled with the Spirit of God. How can I prove this to you… Scripture says in John 15:15 (KJV)Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.Jesus continually showed the Father by His actions and by the way He spoke. How? The Holy Spirit of course. The Holy Spirit moved on Jesus. Jesus showed God’s will on everything.

Jesus wanted to do good and profit everyone. You might say you disagree with me but I tell you if it weren’t so, then why did He heal the sick, cast out demons, make the leper whole, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, make the lame to walk, calm the seas and rebuke the wind? Jesus was showing us, to be filled with the Spirit of God is to manifest power, might and to do good and profit all. However, most us know that Jesus could not do many miracles in His own town because of a lack of belief in Him and a lack of honor. Jesus still did some miracles there but not many.

As a Christian I find myself wanting to do more for the Lord. I want everyone to receive but I have to be the one to make a constant effort to be ready in season and out of season. I have heard Pastors speak and I wonder where the manifestation is? Their special words won’t do the trick. It is going to take an act of God. God will move in any service. The Holy Spirit will move mightily if He is given the right to do so. We as people can stop the flow at anytime. We can stop the manifestation at anytime. Why? Because the character of the Holy Spirit is that He is a perfect gentleman. He will not usurp your will.

If you want to be profited and see the manifestation then you need to spend time with the Lord daily. If you want the great miracles to flow in your ministry then you have to spend time with the Father. If you want the people to profit then you need to start profiting yourself. People will follow those who have the blessing on them. People will follow where there is manifestation. Why? Because people like power! Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: Psalm 18:1-3

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!