Pride

Pride

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Scriptures give several examples of pride:

Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: Pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverse mouth I hate.”………This type of pride, God hates.

Galatians 6:4 “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”……….This type of pride is what a person feels about something that has been well done.

2nd Corinthians 7:4 “Great is my boldness of speech towards you, great is my boasting on your behalf.”……….This type of pride expresses the accomplishment of others.

Pride can have either a positive or a negative effect in a person’s life. Pride can be used as motivation to accomplish great and might things when it is used in a positive way.

On many occasions a parent may try to motivate their child to do better, or be the best at something by using pride to accomplish a goal. Sometimes a parent will tell a child that they what to be proud of their accomplishments.

Many athletes that compete in a sport, or other individuals that are in a type of competition, will use pride as a driving force to win or become successful.

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

If a person is not careful, pride can cause a person to have distorted or cloudy thinking hindering a person from making rational decisions.

When pride is used in a negative way, it can lead a person down a path of ultimate destruction. Pride used in a negative way can cause a person to have a haughty or arrogant spirit about themselves. This can cause a person to think more highly of themselves than they should.

Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”

If a person allows it, pride can become a daily struggle in their lives and become an on going problem.

Father in heaven, help us with putting pride in its right place, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Nothing Hidden

Nothing Hidden

Luke 12:2 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.” NKJV

From the top of the highest mountain to the bottom of the deepest sea, nothing that happens in this universe is hidden from God.

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

The word of God whether it is logos (written) or rhema (spoken), will give a person the guidance needed to do or speak what is pleasing in the eyes of God.

Some individuals may think that depending on when or where they do what they do, or say what they say, God won’t see or hear them.

There are three attributes of God that prevent what is said or done from being hidden from God.

God is:

Omniscient—all knowing

Omnipresent—is everywhere at the same time

Omnipotent—all powerful

Galatians 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 

A person’s actions or words can come full circle back too them. That being said, a person should not ignore the warning signs of negative thoughts, urges, desires or areas of interests.

Genesis 1:11 ” Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to it’s kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.”

Every “seed” will produce after “its own kind”. If a person yields to Negative thoughts, negative urges, or negative desires, they will get negative results. An apple tree can only yield apples.

Galatians 6:9 ” And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Vs.10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith”

Father in heaven, I ask that You give your people the will and strength to say and do what is pleasing in Your eyes, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in HIs service…Rev

Wake-Up-Call

Has the world been given

a wake-up call?

Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (NIV)

People that travel on business and staying overnight at a hotel, will often use a “wake-up call” service that many hotels provide. When checking in, a person can request that a “wake-up call” be made to the person’s room at a specific time.

This wake-up call is made to insure that the person the call is being made to, wakes up in time to start getting ready and make it to their scheduled appointment on time. When the hotel makes the call, the hotel has done their part to wake the person up.

If the person that the call is being made to does not answer the phone and get out of the bed when they receive the call, it is possible that they will either be late or miss their scheduled appointment.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”(NIV)

I want to ask the question, is it possible that God has allowed this COVID-19 to be a wake-up call to the world? God may not always cause something to happen, but He can allow all things to happen.

Could it be that those of us that have been so busy with enjoying the pleasures in this world, have not heard the wake-up call that God has been making to us?

Focusing or getting caught up in the pleasures of this world such as money, security, or material items that we possess, can very dangerous and distracting. They can easily get our attention away from God.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (NIV)

As born again believers, we are in this world but not of the world. We have to remain focused on whose we are, and at-tentative to hearing God’s voice that has called us into His wonderful light.

John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”(NIV)

Daily reading of the bible and meditating in the word of God, will help with hearing what God is saying.

Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

I encourage you, the next time you hear your phone ringing, don’t screen the call or let it go to voice mail, answer the phone professing your faith…it just might be a wake-up call from God.

Continuing is His service…Rev

Brokeness

“Remember me”

Luke 23: 39 to 43

VS 39 “Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us”.

VS 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him saying “do you not even fear God, seeing that you are under the same condemnation?

VS 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing wrong.

VS 42 “Then he said to Jesus, “Lord remember me when you come into Your Kingdom” [NKJV]

Brokenness can be many different things:

  • Not functioning properly; out of working order
  • Something or someone that has been interrupted, disrupted or disconnected
  • Incomplete
  • To be weakened in strength or spirit
  • Reduced to submission

The word “broken” is a verb meaning an action

The word “brokenness” is a noun meaning the name of something and typically refers to persons, places, animals, things, states or qualities.

In today’s world many times broken things are despised and discarded or thrown out. Anything that has been broken or we no longer need, we throw away. It is not uncommon for damaged or broken goods to be rejected, and that includes people. The world is full of people with broken hearts, broken spirits and broken relationships. Fortunately, we serve a God that is in the recycling business, and God’s people are recyclable.

 Believers can experience two kinds of brokenness. The 1st is because of their own actions:

  • You brake on your own by sin or sinning
  • Here are some things in our lives that need to be broken

Examples

             1. Pride

             2. Self will

             3. Stubbornness

             4. Sinful habits

             5. The desire to do it our way and not God’s way

             6. Selfish/Self-centered desires

The 2nd kind of brokenness a believer can experience is to be broken by God. Examples

  • The Apostle Paul – on the road to Damascus
  • The nation of Israel – 40 years in the wilderness
  • Jonah in the belly of a fish – trying to flee from going to Nineveh

When God puts a call on your life to serve Him, you either do it willingly, or God breaks you, and you still wind up doing what he has called you to do. Jonah had to experience brokenness, and then he did what God had called him to do

Make no mistake about it, God has the ability to take that which has been broken and make it whole again. God is able to, Re-make, Re-new, Re-store, Re-cycle and Re-member. God can put back together that which has been broken. Not only can God make you whole from experiencing brokenness, God can remake (re-member to put back together) you into something better that He can use for His Kingdom and His glory.

There is something about reaching a breaking point that causes some of us to seek the Lord with a sense of urgency. King David was once a broken vessel and he prayed to God “create in me a clean heart, O God and renew (re-member) a steadfast spirit within me”. Psalm 51:10 [NKJV]

  • Vs. 12 “restore to me the joy of your salivation. And uphold me by your generous spirit.”
  • Vs. 17 “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a repentant heart-these, O God you will not despise.”

Often time’s people who are in the same situation that you are in will try to or make suggestions to you to get both of you out of that situation. They got themselves in but will give you a solution to get them out.

Philippians 3:18 and 19 describes one of the thieves that was crucified with Jesus

  • Vs. 18 “For many walk, of who I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ.
  • Vs. 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame – who set their mind on earthly things”.

Notice what the thief says to Jesus in Luke 23 vs 39 “then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.”

Not only does this thief question Jesus’s deity, power and authority, he attempts to temp or use Jesus to get him out of his situation.

Philippians 3:20 and 21 describes the other thief that was crucified with Jesus

  • Vs. 20 “for our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Vs. 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed (re- membered) to his glorious body, according to the working by which he is able to subdue all things (putting back together) to Himself.

Notice what this thief says to Jesus Lord remember me when you come into your Kingdom”

  • He acknowledges Jesus as Lord
  • He asks for salvation
  • He acknowledges that there is a kingdom
  • He also is asking to be remembered! He is asking that Jesus take all that brokenness that he has experienced in life and re-members that brokenness  (put back together) with a glorious body like Christ’s 1st Corith 15 Vs. 42,43 and 44

We as believers can take two steps to have brokenness re-membered:

  • 1st Matt 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
  • 2nd John 14:14 “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it”

As followers of Christ, the reality of experiencing brokenness can sometimes happen on a daily basis. Because of our inclination to sin, sinning can assume a false authority over brokenness in a believer’s life. If we allow sin to dominate ours hearts and mind, brokenness will drain the joy of having a relationship with our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

While brokenness is very real, thru the grace of Jesus Christ, brokenness will no longer be our boss or have dominion in a believer’s life.

Jesus has the power and authority to “re-member” us.

Matt 28:18 “and Jesus spoke to them saying all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth”.

Go to Jesus with brokenness, He has the power to “re-member” you…

“Lord Jesus, I believe that You have the power to re-member anything that is broken and heal brokenness. Thank you for putting back together that has been broken. Thank you for sewing, mending and “re-membering”…in Jesus name…Amen!    

Continuing in His service…Rev