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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Moderation

To have something in moderation is defined as: within reasonable limits and never to excess.

In today’s society most food is served in super sized portions. It is not unusual when buying a slice of pie to be served an enormous 3 serving size slice. People actually get upset when they are served a normal portion; they think they are being cheated.

Consider this, a normal portion size of meat should be 2-3oz/per meal. The visual of that would be the size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards.

Proverbs 23:2 declares, And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

The next time you are tempted to eat that 3rd serving of pie, consider practicing a little moderation or temperance.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Choices and Voices

John 10:4-5
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 

The Bible says that there are so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification (1Corinthians 14:10).

God is not expecting you to listen to every voice in the earth and follow it. He made it simple for us. Jesus said "My sheep hear my voice and they follow me."

This makes our choices easier. When we receive instruction from God, we don’t have to think twice about rather we should follow His instruction or someone else's. Our answer should always be, "Yes Lord, I’ll obey you."

Too many choices sometimes bring confusion to the hearer. We sometimes go through life asking everyone for their advise and opinion about our situation and never stop to ask the one who knows--God.
Jesus said, as His sheep, we would flee from the voice of strangers because we know not their voice. Any voice that does not agree with God and His Word should be considered strange to Christians; and God has given us permission to flee from it.

Flee defined: run away from a place or situation of danger.

The voice of a stranger (words that disagree with God) are dangerous; and if followed, can produce dangerous life threaten results.

God is the only one who will go before us and always lead us in the right direction. So as the voices of this world clamor for your attention be confident and know that the Good Shepherd has all the instruction and direction you need for a safe journey through this earth.

Follow Him.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Deleted!

On most keyboards and computer options, there is a delete button which gives a person the choice to erase what they see.

Delete defined:
• To score out or erase something that is printed or written.

This mean we can totally obliterate something from our files or disk just by the mere push of a button. When you delete something, there is no trace or memory of it. As a matter of fact, if that was the only copy of it, it would be hard to prove it even existed.

Hebrews 10:16-18 NLT
This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: 
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. Then he says, I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds. And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

God has deleted things from your past and mine. He has totally erased them from our history. The words "never again remember" have the same meaning as "delete". God has erased the bad and downloaded the good. Oh, I’m so glad for that heavenly delete button, aren’t you? All the plans and strategies the devil plotted against me to destroy me were all deleted in an instant. The enemy thought he could destroy me because of my past sins, but glory to God they were all deleted in the blood of Jesus. There is no trace or memory of them, as a matter of fact, it’s as though they never existed. Hallelujah! Deleted by the blood! Deleted by the Blood!

The wonderful thing about this delete button is that it works on all the enemies weapons and destructive strategies. When he attempts to flood your mind with ungodly thoughts and imaginations, just go ahead an press that delete button. When he tries to put sickness and disease on your body just go ahead and push that button. When the enemy tries to thwart the plans and purposes of God in your life just go ahead an press the button. Our button represents the name of Jesus, the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit. These all agree for your victory. So don’t hesitate to press your delete button and live free from the weights and sins sent by your enemy. Praise the Lord God Almighty!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Atmosphere

Atmosphere defined:

 Prevailing emotional tone or attitude, especially one associated with a specific place or time.

When I think of atmosphere, I think of the upper room on the day of Pentecost. I believe there was great joy and enthusiasm in that appointed place. I believe there was a supernatural expectation in that place. It had to be the prevailing tone amongst those present in that room that day. Through unity and prayer, they provided the perfect atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to descend, and fill the place where they were waiting.

The scriptures declare, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk , and not faint." Isaiah 40:31.

Their attitude was consistent, and they were determined. They did not give up, nor did they quit or complain, because it did not seem as though the promise would come to pass. They stuck with it and kept the right attitude, until the promise was fulfilled. 

Atmospheres are influenced by interest and excitement. If the only thing you are interested in is a mundane, lackadaisical life style; then the ambiance around your life, wherever you go will depict that mood.

Those Christians who chose to remain in the upper room until the day of Pentecost, were all with one accord in one place. Go with me for just a minute and indulge your mind and imagination with a spiritual flashback into the upper room on that day. Wow, can you see the excitement and expectation on every face? Can you invision  the force of the fortitude resounding from the unity experienced there that day? Can you see it; great passion, great press, great anticipation, and great resolve? Oh my, Oh my, what a wonderful atmosphere of love and grace in that place. 

The fear and sorry that once filled their heart was now gone; because love, the God kind of love, had cast it out. Their inner man possessed the perfect atmosphere and attitude to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:1-4 (AMP)
AND WHEN the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place, When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words]. 


Start affecting your future and the lives of those around you with the right atmosphere today!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Short Confession to Sustain the Blessing

This is the day that my Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! God has made me to be the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. I am more than a conqueror and can do all things through Christ that strengthens me and gives me rest and victory from every test and trouble. I recognize that my past was filled with sins against God, against His will. However, today I can truly say I have been forgiven by grace through faith in Jesus the Christ. I know and understand that yesterday is gone and I am in position to move on and fulfill my Divine Destiny with God. I choose to forget those things which are behind me and to look to the future that God has prepared and made ready before me. Leaving behind the disgrace that comes with the sinner's race that's filled with death and destruction. I have a new life in Christ because He paid the price - His life for my freedom. I press toward my goal given to me in Christ. My victory and success in life is sure because I believe in the pure unadulterated truth of God's Word. I am being changed by the renewing of my mind and I choose not to commit the crime of allowing negative thoughts to bring me into captivity this time. The Word of God is my choice therefore, I give voice to its authority in my life. Today I confess that I am dressed for battle and will triumph over the enemy Today, I win because Jesus gave me victory over sin and placed His love within my heart. I am growing into a mature believer in Christ because I choose to pay the price and surrender my life and not follow human advice but to hear and obey God's Word. Truly this is a good day, a blessed day, a day filled with new mercies from God my Heavenly Father! Amen.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Jealousy: Spiritual Acid

Jealousy is like a spiritual acid that eats away at a person vitality and verdure. Acid is corrosive in nature which means it is able to destroy something progressively by chemical action. It is also very interesting to note that acid also can be defined as a sharp, bitter, or sarcastic quality in speech or writing. Wow isn’t that an eye opener. The next time someone speaks sharp, bitter, sarcastic words about or around you, just go ahead and neutralize those destructive daggers, they’ll fall to the ground ineffective and void of power.

If not neutralized the erosive effect of jealousy tends to immediately break down or wear away at whatever it comes in contact with. What use to look vibrant and fresh now looks old, worn and lifeless.
Neutralized defined:
• To make something ineffective, especially by removing its ability to act as a threat or obstacle.

The bible says jealousy is cruel as the grave (Songs of Solomon 8:6). It is contrary to the plans and purposes of God.

Proverbs 14:30 (AMP)
A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

1 Corinthians 3:3 (AMP)
For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?

James 3:14, 16 (AMP)
But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth.
For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices.

Now we can see from the above scriptures why jealousy is cruel. It is unrelenting and destructive. It is brutal and malicious. It is mean and nasty. It is spiteful, unkind and vindictive. We, Christians, must guard our hearts against this deadly enemy. The bible describes jealousy as bitter, which means it is very sour or disgusting to digest. It leaves a bad taste in ones mouth.

Many times when people allow jealousy to operate in their lives it is not always obvious at first glance. It will many times sheepishly rear its head and bite in a casual way. The bible says wherever there is jealousy there is confusion or unrest, disharmony and rebellion. Jealousy is rebellious against the character and nature of God. It is selfish in its pursuit and regards not the plans and purposes of God. Jealousy is rooted in pride; it has no loyalty to God in nature.

When we yield to the flesh, the old sin nature, jealousy is a product. When we yield to the flesh, jealousy does not ask for permission to flow and grow in our lives. The flesh cultivates and stimulates jealousy.

The only way we can keep our lives clean and flesh free is to yield to the Spirit and His workings in our lives. We must follow and follow Him closely. We must listen to Him and obey quickly. We must be loyal to His Words. We must be reverent and esteem His voice. We must allow the Word of God to root out, pull down and destroy all the deceptive works of the flesh, while planting, cultivating and building the fruit of the spirit. When we grow in the knowledge of the Love of God we will never be controlled by jealousy again.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

E-Mail (Eternal Mail)

Eternal defined:
• lasting for all time without beginning or end

You have mail! Eternal -mail.
There are messages from God to you that you need to open. God has direction, correction, instruction, strategies, ideas, comfort, encouragement and the list goes on and on.

Revelations 2:29
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

What God has to say to you is not your average small talk conversation. He has eternal things to say. He has life changing things to say. His words are spirit and life. It is vital that you open your e-mail daily. Don’t just let His message to you sit in your inbox for weeks on end. Wake up every morning with great enthusiasm and delight as you log in, through worship and praise. You must beware of the pop-ups that seek to distract your attention. Stay online until you receive your e-mail from the Father. Be mindful of things He has to say as you continue throughout your day and remember eternal things never go away.

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