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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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!