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Proverbs 15:10

King James Version (KJV)

Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

Correction is good. Many times Christians run from the very thing that helps them to move forward. Without correction, it is impossible for anyone to make forward progress. Correction enlightens our eyes to see more clearly and our ears to hear without disturbance. Correction helps to keep a person on track. For some reason people talk like they want correction but when it comes they don’t like to hear it. Why? Because it makes them realize the error of their way. The person who hates correction will die. Why? Because they are too stubborn to be put into the right position.

This is how I look at people who don’t want correction… They are like a person who has a vertebrae out of place in their back. When the vertebrae gets out of place it will leave the person in pain and crooked. The vertebrae that is out of place will keep a person from doing the right thing. Like what? Like praying, praising & worshiping God. This person needs an adjustment or they will continue in pain. There are many people who are crooked and absolutely refuse to be made straight. Why? Because when correction comes it’s grievous to this person who has strayed from the way. Why? Because they believe they are doing right and refuse to look inward and consult with the Holy Spirit. Other times they know they are wrong but they are not willing to make a change.

If you think living a life without the Lord is pleasing, then you are gravely mistaken. I have heard this statement from people… ” When I was NOT living for the Lord I did not have all these problems.” My response is… ” Oh yes you did. You just did not recognize the problems because the enemy had you fooled. Your mind was crooked and you were disjointed.” The problem is these kind of people hate correction and when they hear it they pull themselves away. They believe they are right because they are used to doing wrong for so long.

People believe that God corrects with pain and suffering and I am here to say that statement is so far from the truth. It is an abomination to believe God corrects with affliction. God does not make you sick or break your leg to correct a person. Jesus prayed to God that He would send a Comforter. (John 14:16-18) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

This Comforter (Holy Spirit) will bring conviction when you step out of the blessing of God. He will bring correction through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit only speaks what the Father says. He does not speak of Himself. (John 16:7-16) Condemnation is the one that hurts and delivers pain and suffering. Usually condemnation comes from the enemy but it also comes from yourself. We often beat ourselves up because we mess up. So stop it!

If correction becomes grievous to you, then you will not be in the will of the Lord.  Proverbs 15:14 King James Version (KJV) The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Get understanding and receive correction with joy because that means you are willing to move forward and make progress.

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: John 14:12-27

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Hebrews 1:3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the [a]out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,

Jesus has purged our sins. He has taken us from unrighteousness to righteousness. The thing that is so awesome is that Jesus upholds, maintains, guides and propels the universe by His mighty word. God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. When you receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior, all your sins are purged. Purged in the New Oxford American Dictionary means: rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition. The purpose of purging is to get rid of something that holds you back. Purging helps you by propelling you forward. How? When you confess and repent of the unrighteous behavior, you purge out all sin. Sin holds you down or holds you back. Purging brings deliverance. Deliverance allows you to move forward without hindrances. Memories of your sins hold you back and this is called condemnation. Condemnation comes from satan and he will help you to recall your old sins which have already been forgiven. Say “NO, it’s under the blood of Jesus.” I will not look back because I am delivered. I am sanctified by the blood of the lamb. I am set free! God does not remember my sin anymore because His Word says so in Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

God wants you to be free from sin, that is why He sent Jesus. Jesus was sent to save human-kind. Let me re-iterate something… You have to call on the name of Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead to be saved. You can’t be saved without confessing Jesus as Lord. Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Jesus is Lord!

Scripture Study: Hebrews 1:1-9

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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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Ezekiel 33:30-33

King James Version (KJV)

30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.

31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

With the way everything is going in our world today, the believer needs to stop playing church. As I have said before it is time to stop playing. People have become so used to the feel good sermon that Pastors are more inclined to tickle the people’s ears and hearts. Church! God is not playing! The heart of the matter is that God is doing great things in the Earth and many believers are missing it. Why? Because they want to hear what they want to hear.

Believers it’s time to stop playing and only hearing what you want to hear. Covetousness can and will destroy a person’s heart. I want the people to be encouraged! However not at the cost of going to hell. I want people to be blessed but not at the cost of losing their soul. I want people to succeed but not at the stake of earning the worlds way.

God is pouring out in our Nation and in the World. He is looking for Worshipers to arise. The heart of truth is that the believer needs to step up and step out. The believer needs to listen and obey God. The believer needs to not talk truth but live it.

What is your part? Stop playing church, stop acting, start being real, step up to what you believe, make Jesus known in your family and in your community. Don’t just be a hearer of the Word, be a doer. In the book of James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Many say they are doing something but in reality they are just talk. Be a doer, not just a hearer otherwise you will deceive yourself.

God is looking for doers and ones who will push ahead. You might mess up but if you do, don’t let it keep you down. Stay focused on Him! Keep your face forward and don’t look back. God is speaking are you listening?

Scripture Study: Romans 3:20-26

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Romans 10:17

King James Version (KJV)

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith is not seasonal! Some people think it is seasonal. They think it turns on and then turns off. Let’s see why faith is not seasonal. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. If you have seasonal faith more than likely you have seasonal reading and praying too. Faith can not be built up by just listening to a preacher Wednesday night and Sunday morning. Faith does not come just because you opened your Bible twice a week. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God daily. Hearing the Word of God preached will encourage your faith, but it requires you as the believer to open your Bible and read it out loud for yourself.

Faith increases when you read the Bible out loud and then you pray about it. Faith increases when you meditate on the chapter or verses you read. Joshua 1:8-9 King James Version (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Faith comes from your mouth and then it requires action. Your faith can also be built up when someone testifies about God blessing them. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.

Just like a weight lifter increases weight to get more pumped and get larger muscles… The Believer needs to add (read) more of the Word of God to get stronger faith. Faith is what moves mountains, calms the storms, speaks to the wind and sea and it obeys. Faith believes for the impossible and trusts God for all things. If your reading of the Word of God is weak, so will your faith in God be. Build yourself up because no one else can.

My son and I were at the gym this morning pumping iron. I was teaching my son how to lift weights. Together we stood at the super squat press. I had him take all the weights off. I then had him get into the proper position and I stood behind him and told him to do seven squats. At first he said I can’t do it. I told him he could if he followed instructions. He listened and he did ten squats. It was great for his first time ever lifting weights. So then I packed on the weights and I had him calculate how much weight I was squatting. I squatted 405 Lbs. He just looked amazed at me. I told him he could do it too, but it would take him some time before he could. What was the lesson? I was teaching him that if he applied himself he could do the same thing.

So if you want to have the Jesus like faith, then you need to give the Jesus type time. Jesus prayed often and had frequent time alone with His Father. Jesus’ faith was without measure because He continually listened to the Father. Our instructions are the same… If we will just read out loud and hear the Word of God our faith will increase. If your faith is seasonal more than likely you have not put enough Word in you. If your Word intake is weak then your faith will be weak. Increase your daily reading and praying and watch your faith increase.

Just like weight lifting, it takes time to get big muscles. Same with faith, it takes time to build faith. Faith always increases and never maxes out. Read out loud, put more Bible in you and pray everyday. Start flexing your spiritual muscles of faith and expect great results always.

Be Blessed!

 

2 Corinthians 2:14

King James Version (KJV)

14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Have you ever just felt like you would not make it? Have you ever been in an impossible situation that there did not look like a way out? Has someone ever told you that you would not see a good outcome?

Some years ago my wife and I were hit right to the heart with our youngest son. He was in great pain in his leg. We took him to the emergency room and they ran all kinds of tests. Here we were struggling inside to find out what was wrong with our son and then accusations began to arise from the doctors and nurses. We were in the emergency room for 24 hours. Finally the doctors came back and said we can not find anything, they said they needed to run additional tests. Something was wrong. They took x-rays and did a knee tap. They tried to get an I.V. in him and they could not do it. Everything that they were trying to do was going wrong. Finally they did a radiation test on his bones and they found a major infection. The doctors came back to us and apologized for the accusations. They said one thing to us that brought fear and concern. The doctors told us that if they can’t fix the situation they would have to amputate his leg or he could even die.

What we could have done was to walk out the fear, talk out the fear, stand in the fear or we could walk by faith and not by sight. We could stand, pray, intercede and believe God’s Word that says He makes us always to triumph. We clearly had a choice in who we would believe. The doctors continued to try to get an I.V. in him but all failed. They told us that they needed to get antibiotics in his body but after 31 failed attempts the doctors chose to give up and try something different. I told the doctors that they would need to agree with us about healing in my son’s body. I would not let a doctor or nurse touch my son without me praying for them first. I told the doctors that I served a big God and that He heals. I told the devil that he was going to lose and that my God is bigger than any problem. During the problem the devil kept trying to talk to me about my son losing the battle. I kept telling him to get under my feet and shut up! Finally the devil shut up. Now I had to deal with the unbelieving doctors. Every doctor or nurse or assistant that came in I prayed for them and I encouraged them that my God was going to get us through this. 7 Days later we left the hospital and the doctors gave my son a clear bill of health. Some said it was God and some said it was a phenomena. I will tell you what it is… God made my family to triumph!

God always makes us to triumph if we will continue to stay in the battle. Don’t give up or give in! The battle is the Lord’s and He will help you always. The savor of God’s knowledge of healing got so deep down on the inside of me that I became bold and immovable. Choose today, that the enemy will not be able to make you movable. Choose to give the enemy no place. Choose to not listen to him. Choose to speak God’s Word and choose to only give place to God’s Word! Put God’s Word first instead of the enemies word.

Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Be Blessed!