Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knock it shall be opened (Mathew 7:7-8). In the Christian community, you will sometimes hear, if you pray more than once for a thing, then you don’t have faith; this misleading information has made many stop contending with God until they receive an answer. In this scripture, Jesus is telling us to be persistence in our pursuant of God. It’s not like God doesn’t hear our prayers, and it may get discouraging to continue to do right, praying consistently and not see tangible results, but that’s the time we need to continue to pursue Him. We shall reap the benefits of our prayer, if we faint not. God has instructed us to delight ourselves in Him and as we delight ourselves in Him, He would give us the desires of our heart. To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence, we get into God’s presence by prayer and praise. We are the children of God and just like in the natural when our children ask for something, if the answer is no, they will return and ask again; it should be the same way when we go to our Father in prayer; we pray until we receive an answer to what we’re praying for. As born- again Christians, we never ask the Father for something that is contrary to the Word of God, so when we pray and we pray according to God’s Word, we will receive an answer. Jesus said, whatever we ask the Father in His name, that would He do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. When you pray, believe God will hear and answer your prayer, ask in faith.Read More
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:33). Forsaketh means literally to renounce or give up. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have to make a commitment to live according to the instructions that has been given us through the written and spoken Word of God.Read More
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou (you) are converted , strengthen thy brethern (Luke 22:32) Peter was graced to have been in the presence of our Lord and Savior as well as sat under His teachings, but Peter hadn’t given himself completely to the Lord. Jesus predicted Peter’s denial of being one of His disciples prior to Jesus’ death. Just like Peter, sometime Christians be afraid to let others know they are Christians, followers of Jesus or to stand up for what is right according to the Word of God. But as Jesus had prayed for Peter, He has also prayed for you that your faith doesn’t weaken. Just like Peter, Satan desires to sift committed Christians as wheat to make them lose their faith, to make them desire to forsake their salvation and birthrights.
Satan is like a sniper, he watches to see where your weak points are and that’s where he attacks. He will have a husband and wife coming against one other, sometime influencing one or both to commit adultery. He will attack your children, influencing them to live opposite of what you have trained them. Sometimes he will bring division among siblings. Can’t get the ministry to go forward, people leaving the ministry. Wherever he can hit and hurt you to make you lose faith that’s where he’s going to strike. This is why we must be strong in the faith, and this comes by having a relationship with God to the point you know that whatever Satan does, he is a defeated foal, because God has you in the palm of his hands. What concerns you, concerns God, and He promised, He would perfect that which concerns you.
Time is running out, Jesus is soon to return and Satan is trying to destroy as many committed Christians as he can, I use the word committed Christians because there are a lot of people professing to be Christians, but they aren’t living according to what the word Christian means.When you want to know the definition of a Christian, don’t look it up in the dictionary, look in the Bible see an examples of true Christianity. Satan is not attacking those who is living a double life. Christian on Sunday, and living as an unbeliever the rest of the week. To be converted is to seek the Bible instructions in of how to live as a Christian. God will never instruct us to do something that’s incapable for us to do. He has empowered those that have received of His Spirit to live according to His Word.
There are times our faith will weaken, that’s the time to seek out Christians that can pray you through until your faith arise again. You don’t need to be around weak Christians when your faith is weaken. When you have committed your life to God, it’s His responsibility to provide every need you have. Don’t be shaken when trials and tribulations come to strengthen your faith. We’re on a spiritual journey, and on this journey we will run into different giants, there will be times when you’re lonely and you have people around you, but they can’ t comprehend the emotional need. You may be rejected, that’s when you wrap yourself with the Word of God and prayer. Sickness may attack your body, your faith must be in God and not the doctor’s report. Your child maybe on drugs or some other addictions, you must know God has promised the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
You can be in church every time the door is opened, but your faith has went out the back door. Converted is to return to the faith you had when you first received salvation. Your faith was so strong nothing was impossible. God is the same God now as He was then, we can have a resting assurance, He would never leave or forsake us. Whatever you maybe going through, know that He can bring you out. He is the God that works in the impossible, He’s the God that can move every mountain in your life. He’s the God that said vengeance is mine, and I will repay. He’s the God that can deliver from every addiction, He’s the God that can go into our inner most being and heal a broken heart, wounded spirit. He’s the God that can regulate confused minds. He’s the God that can restore a broken marriage. He’s the God that will give you peace in the midst of a storm.
Return to God whole heartily; spirit, soul, mind and body. Desire to live a life that will please Him, without faith we can’t please Him, without holiness you can’t enter into His presence. Holiness only mean, you have separated yourself from the things God has instructed us to separate ourselves from and you’re living a life to please Him!Read More
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly (wicked), nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalm 1:1-3). God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex or national origin as men do, but He judge them on the basis of their faith in Him and their response to His revealed will. There are two paths of life before us, God’s way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. God has given us His written Word for instructions for our life, and it’s our decision whether or not we will accept His instructions. The law of the Lord includes all scriptures, and the more we know of His Word, the more resources we have for our daily decisions. It’s a sad thing for professing Christians to know more about secular events than they do of the Word of God. The Bible is our spiritual food, and just as we need natural food to have healthy bodies, we need a daily portion of the Word of God digesting in our spirit to become better Christians. As Christians, God is expecting us to grow spiritually, to bear fruit, to be stable and have knowledge of the Word of God. It’s God’s responsibility to provide and protect His people as well as bless them in their endeavors, but in order to receive the blessings God desires for us; we have to position ourselves for the blessings, and it comes through obedience of the Word of God. We cannot live opposite of the instructions God has given us and expect His blessings. As we spend time in God’s Word,we will receive God’s knowledge, His Wisdom and His blessings as we submit to His Word and His will.Read More
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19 - When Jesus, the Son of God comes into our life, He does an over-haul. He makes the individual as though they have never sinned. He comes in and gives a check up for repairs. He removes the stony heart, the heart that has evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication. The heart that brings forth envy and jealousy, back- biting, gossiping, ungodly pride and everything else that is contrary to the Word of God. When Jesus, the Son of God comes into our life, He doesn’t leave the individual the way they were before excepting Him as Lord. The old, cold and ungodly nature will be gone. He puts the heart of God in our hearts, He renews our spirit and our thinking. Our behavior changes and exemplifies our Lord as well as our God. When Jesus comes into our life there is no way our behavior will stay the same, our desires will thirst for the righteousness of God to manifest in our being. Our love for mankind will be like our Father, and our nature will be like our Savior; willing to die to our desires to bring others to the Father. We will be gentle like our Father not forcing anyone to except His Son, we will see the sin in others, but will not be dogmatic about it. We would pray, asking the Father to give us the wisdom to bring the individual to Christ, just as our Father drew us with loving-kindness. As you unwrap your gifts on Christmas, remember, the best gift you can ever receive will be the Son of God. His gift is not a one-day gift, but it’s for eternity. There is no relationship that could be greater than having a relationship with the Father and the Son. The joy they bring is unspeakable, unexplainable and the peace they give will surpass all human understanding. Allow the Son of God to come into your life and bring a change; salvation is more than a religion, it’s a spirit change and no one can do that but the Son of God.