The Seed

The word of God is truth and we are to stand on the word of God not to be swayed or tempted by our flesh. Being grounded in his word, praying for his wisdom and understanding and not our own in order to be obedient to his word. James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

God’s Word                                                            The Outcome

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.   Luke 8:5

 

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Luke 8:12

 

And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. Luke 8:6 They on a rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temperature they fall away. Luke 8:13
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. Luke 8:7 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

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And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. Luke 8:8 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Dear God we thank you for your word for it is our guide to righteousness and having a more deep and meaningful relationship with you. Lord may we seek you all the days of our lives so as to become more like you. May your word always strengthen and comfort us and remind us of your love for us – your chosen people. And as we read your word may it increase our faith and our obedience to what you have called us to be in Jesus name Amen.

The Prayer of Jabez

The Prayer of Jabez

Pray. We hear it all the time and we say it even more. We tell people “pray about it.” Or we’ll say, I’ll be praying for you. We should desire a prayer life because this our time to be closer to God and talk with him on a personal level. However, the intentions of our prayers are just as important as what we actually pray about it. God knows our heart.

As you recall the book of 1Chronicles, Chapters 1-9 are dealing with the genealogies from Adam to David. Chapter 10, is concerning Saul, then we conclude with David’s reign in Chapters 11-29. Now, I want to take you back to the first nine chapters and how The Prayer of Jabez is right in the middle of the genealogies in Chapter 4: 9-10 to be exact. Then the genealogies pick up again.

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 1Chron 4:9-10 KJV

His mother named him Jabez because of the pain, sorrow, and grief she endured, but he was more than his name implied. He was from the respected lineage of Judah and considered more honourable than his brethren. In his prayer he asked God to bless him, enlarge his territory, to be with him, stay close and keep him from evil. God’s presence was important to Jabez for guidance and protection. And when I think about the part of the prayer when he said keep him from evil, I think about the Lord’s prayer, in Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…

The Prayer of Jabez stands out greatly, because it’s almost like a family member telling you all about your ancestors, then right in the middle of the story they mention this one special person because of their character and their relationship with God. You would never forget that person, if only because it was important enough for your relative to interrupt one story to tell this one, then pick back up where they left off.

God answered Jabez’s passionate and faithful prayer. And this reminds me of the scripture Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; (ask in faith with submission to the will of God) seek, and ye shall find; (seek his face and favor with your whole heart) knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (stand and knock at the door of mercy, again in faith) For every one that asketh receiveth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Be Blessed.

Trust God and Be Ready to Face Your Giants

Trust God and Gold

Welcome to 2020!! We are not complaining and we are going after everything God has for us this season. This year. I know that you have been around people or those in your circle that complain this can’t be done or you shouldn’t try that because it didn’t work for so and so. And we will lose if we do that. Well, I hope you have big faith and not listen to those who want to minimize your potential and your ability to rise to the level God has for you. I want you to be more like Caleb. Caleb knew what he was about to face, but it didn’t faze him, he was ready to go, he trusted the Lord.

God spoke to Moses and said to send men to search the land of Canaan. Numbers 13:1-2 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. In Numbers 13:17- 25 They scoured the land and after forty days reported back to Moses and Aaron what they found, Numbers 13: 26-29 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

Sometimes people will give you a visual in the hopes of discouraging you. But this is the part in the scripture where you want a Caleb in your life or better yet YOU want to be able to demonstrate courage no matter what others say, such as Caleb, in Numbers 13:30, And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it. WOW, Caleb was truly exercising his faith and belief that God will be with them. Yes, he heard the report, but Caleb knew he had the victory in God. Caleb knew where is help came from…THE LORD!!

But you have those in the background still being doubtful, saying it cannot be done. We will not OVERCOME the enemy. Read Numbers 13:31-33 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. What God were they serving? Did they forget this is the same God who brought them out of Egypt and parted the Red Sea to save them. The same God who said they were his chosen people and they didn’t think God could remove some giants?

Now Joshua and Caleb pleaded their case again, Number 14:7-9 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us: a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

Like Caleb speak up and tell the naysayers what your God can do. Are you a Caleb? Are you ready no matter what it looks like in front of you? Maybe there are some things in your life that are too big for you to handle and fight, but GOD! Start now with that go get it attitude. When God tells you to move forward and receive what he has for you, please believe he has already worked out the details. You can do all things through Christ. The year is just beginning so ask God to get your faith level up. This is my prayer for everyone reading this: Dear God I ask that you remove the spirit of fear and replace it with a level of faith that surpasses their human understanding. Lord, I pray we have more Caleb’s’ in 2020, ready to go to battle and get what you promised for them in Jesus precious name Amen.

In All Things Give Thanks

Give Thanks

What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Is it the delicious spread of food? The day off from work? Is it spending time with family and friends? Maybe it’s all of the above. This is the one day I do believe everyone gives thanks, but I also believe that thanks should be given daily. We have something in our life every day to be thankful for and I can give you one right now – breathing.
We don’t have to wait until the fourth Thursday of November each year to count our blessings and recite our thankfulness at the dinner table, we can let God know every day that we are thankful. Don’t take anything for granted, but be humble and appreciate what the Lord has done and is doing. Even as you ponder on the difficult times – look, you are still standing and it hasn’t taken you out. When things are not looking good still show thankfulness and gratitude. Celebrate thanksgiving continuously and in ALL things give thanks, because God is due this as it reads in Psalm 100:4, Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Therefore, whatever you may be experiencing thank God for being in it with you. Thank God for giving you strength to endure. Thank God for every assignment with your name on it. Hallelujah!!
We can’t forget to be thankful for relationships either. Being thankful for our relationship with our Heavenly Father, thank you Lord. Thankful for the ability to love unconditionally and to forgive sincerely. Thankful for time spent with love ones. Thankful for having someone who listens, laughs, and cries with you. Thankful for those who have made a difference in your life, whether it was positive or a lesson learned the hard way from others actions, and even in that it goes back to God helping you through it, thank him.
Thankful for humanity, for those who have given their time and resources to not only me and you, but to others too. Paul talks about using our gifts and giving generously to help others and in turn they will praise God, they will be blessed and so will you. This is what it says in 2 Cor 9:7-11, Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness. Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Now think on the simple things like the weather, we love the warm and sunny days, but when it rains, snows and sleets, we get a little sad and bent out of shape because it is lasting too long. But having those days were the weather doesn’t quite meet our standards, helps us appreciate and give thanks for the warmer days that we do love so much. Also, let’s not forget the insects to the wildlife, we may not know what purpose every living creature holds, but God created them, read Genesis 1:20-25 and he said it was good, so give thanks for them too. Give thanks to God for he created us in his image, Genesis 1:27. Thank God for peace and joy! As you can see there are many things to be thankful for, if you would only take the time to relax and think about it for a few minutes.
So, for the day after Thanksgiving when you are eating leftovers remember this is also “another” day that the Lord has made let’s rejoice and be glad in it and give thanks. The Thanksgiving holiday is one day, but being thankful in everything, in actuality should be happening every day. 1 Thes. 5:8 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Be Blessed

Where Does God Fit In?

But seek ye first

We have 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week and there never seems to be enough hours to get everything done. Of course, we have those mandatory things we need to do, like going to work, attending meetings, doctor appointments, preparing dinner, doing the laundry, taking care of the kids and our spouse just to name a few. And when we’re not doing all of that we are making plans for fun, but where does God fit in?

Does God get the 2 to 3 hours on Sunday morning and the one hour when you attend Bible Study? Let’s add it up, our heavenly Father gets approximately 4 hours of your 168 hours. Is this where you hold your head down in shame? Or is this when you justify the importance of your to do list? Hey, you don’t owe me any explanation, God knows ALL! And God is definitely worth more than 1 to 4 hours a week. He is our Father, he gave his son, who paid the price for our sins, taking our place on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. I know what you are going to say God understands and knows my heart. EXACTLY, he looks at the heart and if you have a heart for God where is your time for him? Let’s look at Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Where does God fit in? Where is your time for him, to be in the presence of the Lord? We will ask God for things, but we have no time to seek him. The word of God tells us in Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Make more of an effort to make time for God. Amen. Proverbs 3:6 reads, In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. We’re running around doing this and that and if we would put God first and acknowledge him, he will guide us. Think of all the time wasted because you are doing it your way instead God’s way. Again, I ask where does God fit in?

Is God an afterthought or is God the center of your life and lifestyle? When people spend time with you can they tell that you spend time with the Father? What I want you to do is examine your life, how do you spend your time? Where do you spend your time? Who do you spend your time with? I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do and that is, I’m not going to just fit God in like a patient trying to get in to see the doctor at the last minute.

I can’t thank God enough for being who he is, for salvation, and for his grace and mercy that I don’t deserve, but he has given so freely. Dear Heavenly Father I love that you are in my life and you have my full attention always. I will honor you in all that I do and you are worthy to be praised. I desire to spend time with you God and nothing or no one will I put before you. God you are to be exalted above everything. And everything Lord was created for you and your glory. God I will not just fit you in my life, you will always be a priority in my life in Jesus name Amen.

God Has A Plan

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You have all heard that saying, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, because that great plan may not work out. Lucky for me, I have never put all of my eggs in one basket and thought it was important to have a plan B, C, and D, because you gotta be ready for what may happen if Plan A doesn’t go as planned. Well I don’t know about you, but I have had a front row seat to my initial plan failing and the subsequent plans thereafter not being all that successful either. Sooo what I’ve decided to do was surrendered to God. I’m no longer in charge of my life or the plan(s). I realize that the one who created me and knows me better than I know myself will do a much better job leading me and guiding me than I will ever be able to do on my own.

I think about Andrew, Peter, James, and John who were fishermen. Their job was to go out and catch fish. Simple enough, that is what they did. That was their plan. But there was a different plan on the horizon, Jesus would show them how to cast their nets, to be fishers of men in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and all nations according to Matthew 28:18-20. Let’s look at Matthew 4:18-22 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

They would cast their nets, but God would do the catching, John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted it up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. God will enlighten the mind of his people, drawing all men with the truth of his word and the Holy Spirit, learning and hearing the word of God, causing an urge to yield to the will of God and therefore becoming willing servants- followers of Christ Jesus and God getting all the glory.

God has the plan for my life and he doesn’t need my help. God never fails, He knows ALL! He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He never sleeps or slumbers. His word never comes back void. He is the great I AM. And the list goes on and on about the goodness and righteousness of God. He has been providing for me all these years and has delivered me out of the hand of my enemies and delivered me out of the stuff I have caused doing it my way. With that being said, I will take God’s plan over mine every time. Just like Andrew, Peter, James and John, I dropped what I set out to do and follow God. God doesn’t need a bunch of plans. He doesn’t need to start from scratch or hold a do over, it is done and done in his timing.

God is intentional all we have to do is listen and obey. Draw closer to him and acknowledge him. He said I will supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory. There you have it, I don’t need a plan of my own, what I need is to understand what God has for me is enough and that all that other stuff is not important. His plan is not to give into my every want, but to meet my spiritual needs.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV. And this definitely is a plan I can and will accept.

People That Have Your Back

 

Two are better than one

There are people God has placed in your life for reasons that might not make sense to you at the time but then in due time, in that particular season of your life, you recognize that it is a blessing from God that they are there for you.
In Exodus 17:8-13 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
Moses didn’t go alone. All three men had history with Moses and Moses knew he could trust them because they were people God had placed in his life. When we become weak, we must be thankful for those who will be by our side, intercede on our behalf and pray for us, and stand in the gap for us. Think about those special people who will hold us up when we think we can’t go on. You don’t worry about who it is or if they are going to be there because they have proven it time and time again. God will give you what you need when you need it and that includes people too.
When you are planning a big event or birthday party, you know exactly what tasks to assign to certain people because that is what they are good at, that is their gift or talent. When you need to go to the doctor you know who to call for that too. We all have something to offer the question is are you willing to use what God has given you to help others and God get the glory. Are you the person they always call to bake the cake or do the decorations? They always call you when going through a crisis? Don’t complain, but look at it like this, they know you will have their back no matter what. Their car breaks down, two things are going to happen they are going to call the person who will pick them up it doesn’t matter what time it is and they will call their mechanic. These two people they can count on in their time of trouble. Who can you count on?
Thank you God for the people you put in our lives. Their purpose may not always be revealed immediately but we trust you Lord. God bless their gifts and talents and may their purpose be fulfilled where ever you send them and you get all the glory. And as our knowledge of you God increases may our relationship with each other grows as well. God thank you for those who are so selfless in their giving in the name of Jesus, we know that our help comes from you and that you give us others to help us, so we can see you Lord, in them, and we thank you for it, we give you all the glory, honor, and praise in Jesus name Amen.