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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

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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.

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!

Stimulated Faith

Posted: June 1, 2012 in Faith
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Hebrews 11:6

King James Version (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

I really love this verse in the Bible. Why? Because it tells us what pleases God. This verse also tells us what He will do for them that seek Him. As I think about this scripture I am reminded of the miracles I have witnessed and participated in. Some time ago I prayed for a woman who had a very bad headache. She told me that she had this headache for sometime since her driving accident. I asked her if she would like me to pray for her. She said yes and that she agreed. I asked her if she had faith to receive. She said yes and that she agreed. I asked her if she would agree with me about her healing to occur immediately. She said yes and I agree. I have a person who will stand with me and agree according to the Word of God. We took the scripture Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. We had agreement where the Word of God is concerned. We released our faith and she was healed the moment I commanded her body to come in line with the Word of God. God healed her body and she had no more pain!

Before all of this began I preached to her for about 4 minutes. I spoke about faith and agreement. I talked about God performing His Word. I talked about what pleases God and her faith was being stimulated. She became so excited, that her faith in God was about to be proven in her healing. She attached herself to the Word of God. She literally took Isaiah 53:5 like taking a pain pill. Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

God is still in the healing business! God’s Word still works for more than just reading. Reading His Word is not enough. Preaching His Word is not enough. Praying His Word is not enough. God intended His Word to get results always. He wants you to have faith in His Word and release His Word on the earth. I am not saying to not pray. I am saying you need to use God’s Word like it was meant to be used. It is not just a good book to read. It is a faith book packed with power, dominion, authority, love, joy, peace, hope…ETC. I don’t use God like a candy store. I have a relationship with Him. When you have a relationship with the Father you better understand His character and why He is pleased by your faith.

The world is looking for real, not fake. Show the world, God’s Word is not a phenomenon or some magic trick. God’s Word is YES and AMEN! Yes means God can do it and Amen means it’s finished. Get your faith stimulated through the Word of God and expect changes to take place!

Scripture Study: Ephesians 2:1-10

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1 Corinthians 13:7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Love bears it all. Love never gets weak and always believes the very best about everyone. You can run away from God, but, God who is love, will never run away from you.

After I turned 19 years old I recommitted my life back to God to do whatever He needed me to do. However after a little time of working in my church I became jaded. I was disappointed with my Youth Pastor. There was a falling out between him and myself. I didn’t want to work for the church or God again. I was feeling really upset. I told God that I would do whatever He wanted except I had a big but… The but was if someone were to hurt me I would step down. I would leave the church! This is something I learned from others. When something would go wrong I would just give in and get out.

If everyone were to give up then the church would fail. Why? Because there will always be disappointments. Someone is going to hurt you. Someone is going to say something stupid. However, God never gave up on you. Especially when you said something hurtful or stupid. His love remained the same. His love is not conditional but unconditional. The Bible says that God is not a respecter of persons. If He was, then none of us would make Heaven. None of us would feel or sense love.

Maybe you have felt like you want to give in and get out of your church. Maybe you have felt like all Christians want to do is to hurt you. Maybe you feel like all Pastors are mean because you had a mean Pastor. Maybe your hurt because you have not let go of past hurts. If this should be you, let me encourage you!

Love believes the very best about every person. When someone does you wrong, choose to love them more. When they act stupid, love them more. Go out of your way to show love. Jesus was spit upon! How would you react? Love is always ready to believe the very best about every person. No matter what you say to me about someone I am going to choose to believe the very best about the person anyways. Loves hope is fadeless under all circumstances. Even when you watch someone be mean to another you can rely on love in the midst of the circumstance. Love never becomes weak.

In order for love to operate properly I needed to forgive and forget what the Youth Pastor did to me. I chose to walk in love instead of quitting! I started to reap a real blessing the moment I let love work. Today I am still ministering because of the love that Jesus has shown me and because I am not a quitter. I love because He first loved me. Love has made the circumstances of life small in my eyes. With love you can conquer a multitude of complaints, rifts and sins. With love you can cause others to walk like you. Be a leader! God is the strong safety you will never lose with.

Scripture Study: John 6:22-29

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2 Timothy 2:24

King James Version (KJV)

 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Gentle is defined as  mild in temperament or behavior; kind or tender. Are you kind and tender? Are you mild in temperament? I ask these questions because behind closed doors people are not always as they seem. The Bible makes it very clear that a servant of the Lord must not strive. Strive is defined as those who engage in a war of words, to quarrel, wrangle, dispute. As I observe people on the streets, grocery stores and malls, I see people who are constantly striving. They are so full of strife, because something was not the way they expected it to be. This is just like the church today. These same people who are in the streets, grocery stores and malls are the ones who are sitting in the church pews acting like nothing is wrong. I am talking about you. The one who might be reading this now. The one who is probably offended.

How do I know this? I used to be one. I used to be the one who consistently quarreled with my wife and children and then I would come to church and act like nothing was wrong. I used to be the one who was in great strife. My wife and I used to have some serious arguments right before service and I used to tell her I was not going to church. I used to drive all the way to church only to turn right back around and go home. I liked church and the people but my wife and I just didn’t get along. We constantly were nagging one another. We were as the book of James would say, “double-minded.” One moment I would say I love you and you mean the world to me and in a matter of two minutes I would be yelling at her.

At the time I didn’t know how to love my wife properly and I most certainly did not know how to love God. Why? Because I was not gentle, kind or patient. The weird thing is, I am very tender-hearted, but not to the ones I love. I am patient with others but not with the ones I love. I am kind to others but not with the ones I love. When you are in strife you are not teachable, patient, kind or gentle. The words that come out of your mouth are stronger than your actions. Words need to be gentle in use. You can still be upset and be gentle. As a matter of fact the bible says be angry and sin not. Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Like I said, I used to be that way. I am gentle today and I am patient, teachable and loving. My wife, children and I have more peace than we have ever had. Yes, sometimes the old man tries to creep back up, but I put him down. I was never a striker or one who would lay my hands on someone, but, I was mean with my mouth. You can be gentle when it comes to laying hands on someone but you can be a murderer when you open your mouth. Do an examination today and see if you are being gentle. As matter of fact, ask your husband or wife if they think your gentle. Ask them to be honest and choose not to get mad if they say your mean, demeaning, sarcastic…ETC. If you are truly a servant of the Lord then you need to make sure that you’re not in strife and that you will be gentle, apt to teach, patient, kind and LOVING! True servants of the Lord will always lay down their life for others.

Scripture Study: Ephesians 4:1-12

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Strip Search

Posted: March 7, 2012 in God, Help
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Psalm 139:23-24

King James Version (KJV)

 23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

All of us need to have a strip search done to us. This needs to be done by our permission. Just like David said “(strip) search me God. He was saying get down on the deep parts of me and tell me what I have hidden from myself. Bring them to light so that I can confess them. Try me and see what my thoughts are. I need to get clean before You my Lord. I need to be right before Your eyes. I desire to be better and do better. I am a man who is ready to be lead in the everlasting way.

When I was about ten years old I thought I would be able to get one over on my mom. I put about a half roll of toilet paper in my pants before I was to get spanked. It worked at first until my little brother tried to do the same thing. He left the toilet paper hanging out of his pants and my mom saw it. Oh I knew from that moment that I was about to be strip searched. I was trying to get the toilet paper out of my pants when all of a sudden I heard my name called and my mom had a big wad of toilet paper in her hands. I knew I was going to be in big trouble so I had to think quickly. Nothing came to me because I was scared. She said drop your pants and lets see what you have in behind area. Sure enough there was the toilet paper. I couldn’t believe she found it. I thought for sure I would get away with this. Yeah Right! My mom was not born yesterday! She found it on one child and she had to check the other. I thought I could hide it away. I thought who would know except for me.

This is an example of how we are with God. We think we have hidden away secret problems. Secret sins and thoughts. After time goes by we forget that we have hidden things. We get so used to the secret that we think of it more as truth, rather than sin. Can you say REPROBATE? We choose to forget about the secrets that we have and then we wonder why our blessings are being hindered. We believe that we are clean but we often forget to check to see if we tried to hide something. We think we are right with God, but we don’t have Him do a Strip Search. Usually when your blessings are being hindered it’s because you need to do a strip search. You need to do an examination. You need to be stripped down to see what is holding you back.

God wants the best for His children. Just like my mom she wanted the best for her children. She wanted her children to grow up and be better than her. She spanked because she knew that it would help us turn around and not to do the same thing over again. She showed me that she was smarter than me and that she knew more than I did. This was God working in my mom. God knows all things and He does not want you to live a bad lifestyle. He wants the best for His children.

As an adult today, I don’t have anyone spanking me. I have a Heavenly Father who I can go to and say, look, I need you to strip search me and show me my heart and try my thoughts and see if there is any wicked way in me. I want to be lead in the everlasting way. I want to be right-standing with You Lord. Let me tell you, when you ask God to search you, you better be prepared. It hurts! Why? Because He will show you what you refused to look at. He will show how you have behaved. He will correct you with His Word and He will forgive you and He will not remember your sin anymore. So go now! Go to the Father and ask Him to strip search you. The quicker you find out what is wrong the quicker the blessings will flow. Don’t hold back! Your blessings are about to overtake you today!

Scripture Study: Psalm 128

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