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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

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Proverbs 17:14

King James Version (KJV)

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

When reading this scripture what sticks out greatly is… The beginning of strife is like a person who lets out water. When you let out water, it will go anywhere. When you let out strife it will go anywhere. Water can flood a house in a matter of minutes. Strife can flood a relationship in a matter of seconds. If someone were to open the Hoover Dam it would flood cities in a matter of minutes. It would cause immediate destruction and chaos. Water does not care where it goes and how it goes. Water moves quickly. Just like water strife does the same thing. Strife always leaves immediate destruction and utter chaos.

Strife is like water, it does not matter where it goes and how it gets there. Once strife gets in, it will flood every good thing with contention and division. Strife causes destruction and leaves major pain after it raises its ugly head. Strife is contentious and leaves a bitter mark on the lives it touches. Strife between a Husband and Wife will leave a mark on their children and those around them. Strife in a church will divide the sheep from the shepherd. Strife is a tactic of the enemy to seek and destroy. Strife is meant to divide and conquer. Where there is strife there is every evil work of the enemy. When there is strife and contention there is disunity.

The best way to keep strife out is to seek forgiveness, release forgiveness to others and guard against contention and division. Strife settles in to a person’s heart where there is unforgiveness and when the love of God is not present. In 1 Peter 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP) Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and [a]disregards the offenses of others]. Love covers the multitude of sin. Love disallows the work of strife. To keep strife out, a person needs to have the Love of God at work in them.

To prevent strife, a person needs to practice the Love of God. The Love of God keeps unity and peace. Unity is good because it brings the brethren together. Peace keeps all situations under control. Remember, if you want to be at peace with those around you, then you should keep strife out of your conversations, feelings and life. Cast down strife and watch the chaos disappear.

 

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: 1 Peter 4:1-10

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

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

Common English Bible (CEB)

God’s will is that your lives are dedicated to him.[a] This means that you stay away from sexual immorality and learn how to control your own body in a pure[b] and respectable way.

God desires His children to live dedicated to Him. He does not want us dedicated to worldly things and its vices. As we see here in these two verses we see the words sexual immorality and control your own body. For a married couple you would think this would not apply to them but that is far from the truth. Even married couples need to keep themselves from sexual immorality. Sexual immorality will corrupt the marriage bed and will open up the marriage for opportunities of committing adultery and other sexual things.

Your eyes are the light of your body. We can find this in the following scripture: Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.What I am telling you is that sex is not the only way to commit an act of sexual immorality. Your eyes which are the light of your body can be used to commit sexual immorality.

Paul tells the us that we are to keep our own body pure and respectable. Your eyes can get you into a lot of trouble. I also know the rest of your members can get you into trouble if you start to entertain the ideas. Paul does not say just one body part, but talks about the entire body. Why? Because he knew that if one member is out-of-place the whole body will end up disjointed.

You can control your own body, but it’s a choice you will have to make every day. Sexual immorality is lurking out there and it is like a prostitute looking to lay down with someone. It will only give you a temporary time of fun. The end results will be misery and disgust. There is so many ads today that are sexual and can draw a person out of living a life dedicated to God. You can protect your dedicated life to God by continually meditating on Bible scriptures.

I used this topic of prostituting yourself because people are doing this by submitting their eyes, ears, mind and heart to junk on television, movies and radio. I know it’s hard to avoid these things but I want you to look at what you think is okay. Whatever you think is okay, your children will go further with. I am not perfect but I am finding myself being more cautious of what I watch and hear. Why? Because the world is the pimp who is showing goods that cause havoc to someones life.

It’s easy to say no and to walk away. It’s easy to be dedicated to God. Why? Because He fulfills everything I have need of. When you decide to be dedicated to something you always give your best and give your all. You can’t give your best to two things at the same time, its impossible. Make a decision. Who do you want to give your time and best too. You can give your best to the world and all of its facets or to God who will give you everything you need.

Sexual immorality will destroy a marriage and a person who is not married. Sexual immorality can get you into things you thought you would never do. Be cautious and keep your eyes on the Lord.

Scripture Study: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5

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

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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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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

Be Blessed!