Sunday, October 15, 2006

Prayer Makes the Difference

1st Samuel 7 speaks of a man who was very unique in his own way. Samuel had a three part role in his life. He was a preist, prophet, and a judge. Samuel was a leader chosen by God. His role as a judge came from one of the twelve judges God had chosen. In the book of the Judges God chose twelve leaders to judge the children of Israel. Samuel happened to be the last one. In this chapter he was to judge the children of Israel and also pray for them. They had disrupted God. They had turned to the Cananite lord and the Cananite goddess (Ashtaroth and Baalim). They finally gave in to their judgement and said that they would serve only the true God. Their arch enemy heard about the gathering at Mizpeh and decided to attack the children of Israel. When they heard that their enemy was on the way they told Samuel to stop praying for them. Samuel's heart was so close to God he ignored the cry of the people and kept praying. Samuel kept praying and God heard him. The Phillistines were all destroyed because of one man's desire. The ponit of reference is that we as a people of God should pray for one another and not pray against each other.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Deception

Jesus chose 12 men. They all had a special task to perform through the teachings of the Savior. One had a problem, the bible chooses to say that he was the "son of perdition". The disciple that I am speaking of is Judas Iscariot. Even though Peter denied Jesus, it was not as bad as Judas betraying the Lord. His deception helped caused Jesus to loose his life, even though it was divinely ordered. Jesus chose 12 but he knew that everyone wasn't on the team. Deception is a device of the devil. His trickery ways can entangle anyone who allows themselves to be used by him. We as Christians should stay knee bent and body bowed every chance we get. The Apostle Paul told his son in the faith (Timothy) always pray. He is simply saying stay heavenly minded. We must do the same daily in order to overcome the pitfalls we encounter each day.


Something to think about: Who do you know you can compare Judas to?
How do you handle Judas when he appears to you?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Leadership

Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

There should always be a place called Mt. Horeb in all human life. This was the place that the deliverer (Moses) met God. He was in preparation mode by leading a flock of animals. God was preparing Moses for his destiny all along. He used simple animals to train him. Moses was not only the deliverer, but he was a chosen vessel from God himself. In order to lead, you must first learn how to follow. Moses was a perfect example. I can truly declare that when you have an encounter with the Father, your life will never be the same.


A real leader spends his time fixing the problem, instead of finding who to blame.



Words of Wisdom from "The Bishop"

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

When the Enemy Comes

Matthew 4: 1-11 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. And saith unto him, All these will I give thee, if thou fall down and worship me. Then Jesus saith unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

This time Jesus really showed that he was the Son of God. He was able to overcome the devil and his temptations. A person has not shown true obedience if he or she has not had the opportunity to disobey. We read in Deuteronomy 8:2 that God led Israel into the desert to humble and test them. God wanted to see whether or not his people would really obey him. We too will be tested. Because we know that testing will come, we should be alert and ready for it. Remember, your convictions are only strong if they hold up under pressure.
The devil, also called Satan, tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, and here he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Satan is a fellen angel. He is real, not symbolic, and is constantly fighting against those who follow and obey God. Satan's temptations are real, and he is always trying to get us to live his way or our way rather than God's way.



Power Point: The devil always comes: Prompt, Powerful, and Personal

How you handle the situation determines how you come through the situation

Friday, September 01, 2006

Genesis 8:20,21 states: Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in his heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done".

Picture this: A man has just went through a terrible storm. He realizes that the storm had ceased and he realizes who brought him out of the storm. Noah was not in a thunderstorm but he was in a place where God had destined for him to be at that time. The waters had subsided and the rain had ceased. God's ultimate plan was to destroy the earth because of man's wickedness, but to replenish it with Noah's seed. The first thing Noah did after the rain and God asked him to leave from the ark was that he built an altar and had church. He worshipped unto God in such a way, he touched the very heart of God. In the beginning God had promised Adam the same as he had gave unto Noah. Adam worshipped God because he was created, Noah on the other hand worshipped God because he desired. True worship comes from within. It does not matter about your present infirmities, situations, your ups and downs. True worship does not let your emotions and so on stop you from worshipping God. We just as Noah did, have a covenant with God and in order to establish that covenant relationship with him, we must have "True Worship".