2Kings 6:8-23, “21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” 22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.”23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
The world is hostile. We have enemies in every corner and greater enemies against believers. Other religions are more tolerated than Christians in dealing with challenges that face Christians. While the fierce battle against Christians is to wipe them out of the map, the strategy God has often given believers is not to engage the enemy with the same battle plan as they do but fight God’s battles God’s way. God’s given strategies are many times unconventional in our judgment, they don’t make sense but they are mighty through God and we must learn by the word of God how best to fight. Continue reading →
John 15:18-19, “18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you”
In the early verses of this chapter, Jesus talked to His disciples of the nature of His relationship to them. Towards the end, He turns to address the disciples’ relationship to the world. His relationship to His disciples was that of love and of friendship. In addressing them in vs 18, He would have them understand that the world’s relationship to them will be the opposite of His. He uses a strong word “hate” which means a deep and emotional extreme dislike. It is often associated with feelings of anger, disgust and a disposition towards hostility. Hate by biblical definition is murder at heart something we are not to have as His friends. Continue reading →
John 15:7-8, “7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples”
God’s will that we see in the Bible is His permissive or perfect will (1Thessalonians 4:3, 1Thessalonians 5:18, Psalm 143:10). To discern the will of God we must KNOW, THINK, PRAY and ACT biblically. These two vs. will be our foundation, Romans 12:1-2, “1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not CONFORM any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind. Then you will be able to TEST and APPROVE what God’s will is–his GOOD, PLEASING and PERFECT WILL”(NIV). CONFORMED is to act or be in accord or be in agreement with something, in this case the world (Psalm 1, Romans 8:7, Colossians 1:21). TRANSFORMED on the other hand is to change the nature, function or condition. Other word suitable is to convert. Continue reading →
1Thessalonians 5:16-18, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
These three verses are short, however they are weighty. If I was to write a paper on these three, I may end up with a book.
In looking at the few verses in 1Thessalonians 5, I realize that many times we look at vs.18 in reference to the will of God. That it’s God’s will that we give Him thanks in everything. Note that the bible does not say to give Him thanks “FOR”. It’s while we are “IN” it that we give thanks. Continue reading →
Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes …”
Since last week, the Lord has been dealing with me concerning the power that ought to be present in my life, and in other people as well, and I have found myself meditating heavily on this word “power.” Many people know about God’s power. The question is this; is it present in our lives and are we craving to see it at work, or is it possible that the Lord has shut down his power in our lives because we are not hungry enough to actually cry out to Him for it?
Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord”.
In our time a good number of people take the work and the word of the Lord lightly. People who would rather do something else on the Lord’s day than be somewhere worshipping God. There are some who believe they can handle things themselves.
There is something about being in the house of God nothing can replace. The bible says, “do not forsake the assembly of brethren”. We are the temple of the living God and collectively we make the body (church) complete. The body has different parts and each parts do not function the same way. The hands cannot tell the legs I do not need you, neither can the eye tell the nose I do not need you. They all have different functions but they need each other to be complete.
John 5:1-11, “The impotent man answered Him, Sir, I have no man, when the troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming another steps down before me”
Allow me to take something in the natural to address a something supernatural. Pictures speak louder, clearer and harder to forget. No wonder Jesus used the natural to make a point so that His listeners would learn something and retain it. To put this message together, I thought of using a spinal cord.
Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”
We all go through seasons, we have those seasons you need someone to help you bear your burden. Even Moses who was strong to lead the Israelites out of the land of Egypt needed someone to help him bear the burdens. At one point while Joshua was battling Amalekites, their victory depended on Moses keeping his hands raised up high.
Matthew 9:37-38, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
It was truly an embarrassing moment when I drove down a one-way street the wrong way. Somehow I failed to see the sign, and therefore the oncoming traffic served as a clear and visible sign that I was heading in the wrong direction, and that I needed to flow with the traffic not against it. Continue reading →