Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How is the Condition of Your Heart ?

Heart Condition 

Hello Christians how is your heart? Can we say that our heart is getting more and more sincere towards God and people? So now that we are saved, are we transforming daily to be more and more like Christ?

How much time are we spending in the Word and prayer? Are we caught up with the things that are popular in this world? Are we indulging in "secret sins" by ignoring the warnings of the Holy Spirit? Is Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat etc. our way to be involved in inappropriate and sinful communications, pictures and videos that dishonor God?  Are we spending time in the scriptures that we share on social media everyday? 

I believe that we really need to reevaluate how the Internet and social media has opened vast opportunities to indulge in sin. I know the modern Information Age has indeed opened more ways to spread the gospel of Christ. How are you using it Christians? We all need a heart check. The Bible says that we have to give account for every single idle word we express. 

Sin is a heart killer and dulls our hearing and sensitivity to the voice of God. We need a heart that is sensitive to the voice of God. We all need to answer the question - How is the condition our heart?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Black American Experience of Racism is an insult to Jesus Christ

The Black experience has been one of chattel slavery, rebellion against slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, sabotage of Reconstruction, Jim Crow, lynchings, segregation, civil rights, unbelievable courage, boldness and sacrifice, less pay in many instances even when more qualified and the audacity for many to hurl personal insults to President Obama because he is black while "leaders" stayed silent. There is nothing wrong with disagreement but why the venom?
The big lie from the justification of slavery is still in effect that "Blacks are lazy and depend on government."
I have heard even some Christian pastors imply all the time that blacks vote people into office to get free stuff (i.e. welfare, Medicaid etc). Are we to ignore the rich and powerful who donate to (i.e. buy/bribe) politicians to get things done for PROFIT. You get the truth when you follow the money in our system.
What are the facts since Blacks landed in America? Let's look at the work experience:
1619 to 1865 No Pay - 246 years
1865 to 1964 Low Pay - 99 years
1964 to 2016 Unequal Pay - 52 years
Imagine almost 400 YEARS (397 actually) of free labor and pay inequality for black people in America and yet many say affirmative action is reverse discrimination and if blacks would just work hard they will get ahead. The majority of them work hard but the system is rigged and needs fixing. The fixes of the past was progress but we are a far way from the true America.This racism is demonic and comes from the pit of hell.
I call on all Christians to root out this demon of racism from their hearts, their homes, their families, their churches and their communities. Stop being silent- it's an insult to Jesus Christ.
I call on government leaders at all levels to execute real justice. The book of Romans (chapter 13) says that it is God who allowed you your office because you are His ministers to do good. Stop caving into to the money changers. You must stand with boldness and integrity so the wicked will fear you.
America, God will execute justice unexpectedly and harshly unless we change and those He allowed to do justice will do their jobs. There is work to be done. We will either sink or rise together.
Romans 13
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:3-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
http://bible.com/114/rom.13.3-6.nkjv

Friday, December 16, 2016

Keeping Christ in Christmas

In December, we are celebrating the birth of Christ. However, Christians are celebrating more than Christmas; Why? Because Christmas has both spiritual and social connotations. Similarly, we do not celebrate Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. However, we see that society, the world out there, is always interfering and trying to redefine what Christians should believe and celebrate. In our society, today, the world has problems with the word Christmas. 



Why? Because they have a problem with the Christ is in Christmas. First, they changed Christmas to Xmas and now Christ is completely out and we now have “Season’s’ Greetings and “Happy Holidays” and the general greeting. Some people may say that “it makes no difference – Christmas or Xmas” But this matters to Christians. Christ is not an “X”. He is incomparable, indescribable, and immutable. Christ is God. There is no Christmas without Christ. 

What we must understand is that satan’s agenda is strategic and long term. His plan is to remove Christ from everything and he uses people to implement his aim. We must always nip every anti-Christ idea as soon as it appears and not let it slide. Why? Because false ideas will grow into monsters which will becomes more difficult to stop or expelled. Christians must be vigilant to ensure that our celebrations must be consistent with scriptures because we believe in the authority of the Bible. This requires that we know which traditions are inconsistent with Christmas.

2 Timothy 2:15 reminds us “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. 

Rightly dividing the scriptures and not giving traditions more authority helps us keep Christ in Christmas.
Christ is the reason for Christmas because his birth was prophesied 4,000 years before it occurred, he was born of a virgin, his deity and humanity was prophesied and he was recognized as a king at his birth. 

This first prophesy of Christ’s coming to restore the kingdom lost by Adam is in the Bible.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” 

That Seed is Jesus. We know that women do not have a seed - the seed comes from the man and the egg from the woman. We know that the seed will not come from the man but from the Holy Spirit. 

Now per the medical profession, the mother's blood does not normally mix with the baby's blood during the pregnancy, unless there has been a medical invasive procedure (such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling) or bleeding. During delivery, however, there is a good chance that some of the baby's blood cells may enter the mother's bloodstream. God’s design the human anatomy is just fantastic and this could never happen by evolution. Why is this important? Because humanity’s original parents Adam and Eve had the sin nature, (they were tempted by satan and disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden by eating the fruit of the tree of good and evil), which is passed on to all humans. 

It is important to understand the role of blood. The blood contains life. Both Adam and Eve had the sin nature and if Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary, then Jesus would also have the sin nature. Jesus had to be pure to die for the sins of humanity. Isn’t God great? The more you study the Bible the more you can find science and biology. Christ is the reason for Christmas.

Prophesy of the virgin birth found in:

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Why was Jesus born of a woman? God made Adam fully grown and He could have done the same. The reason is that Jesus can be completely identified with humanity and fulfill all prophecies.

Christ deity, humanity and kingship were prophesied in:

Isaiah 9: 6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

A child is born identifies His humanity; A Son is given identifies His divinity, Titles emphasizes the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit)

We find the confirmation of the prophecies concerning the birth of Christ in the early chapters of the books of Matthew and Luke. These accounts of the birth and childhood of Jesus show us where some of our traditions do not line up with scriptures. We must be aware of them to keep Jesus in Christmas. When we look at Christmas cards, nativity scenes, even Christmas pageants, we will see whether they line up with scriptures. While the world may do what they want, we Christians must be consistent with the Bible because it is the foundation for truth. 

Matthew confirms that:
  • Mary was a virgin (Matt 1:18 - 21)
  • Wise men came from the East in recognition of the birth of a king. The Bible does not indicate how many wise men were in the group (Matt 2: 1)
  • The wise men were looking for a young child and not a babe (Matt 2:8-11, 16 - 18)
  • The wise men saw Jesus in the house and not in the manger (Matt 2:11)
  • The wise men gave three types of gifts – Gold (a symbol of royalty), Frankincense (a symbol of worship and sacrifice), and Myrrh (a symbol of embalming, bitterness, suffering, and affliction)

Luke confirms that:
  • Jesus was a real historical person in the time of Roman leader Caesar Augustus and Syrian governor Cyrenius (Luke 2: 1 - 2)
  • Jesus was the babe in a manger (Luke 2:12)
  • Shepherds came and saw the babe in the manger (Luke 2:16)

So, we know many things:
  • The birth of Jesus was prophesied in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 3
  • We know that all the prophecies made by the Old Testament prophets concerning the birth of Christ were fulfilled
  • We know that Jesus was born in a manger. We know shepherds and animals saw Jesus as a baby in the manger
  • We know that the wise saw Jesus as a young child about 2 years old in a house. 
  • The shepherds and the wise men did not see each other.

So, when we have our Christmas cards, nativity scenes and pageants we must convey the truth. Santa and the reindeers were not in the manger but they have their place in the social aspect of the Christmas season. Some people will object that a Christian may use Santa in their Christmas decorations.
But consider all the  pagan things we use in everyday life – clothes made by pagans and unbelievers, food produced by unbelievers, Saturday is named after the pagan god Saturn etc. We know the truth and must put things in perspective. But the real reason for Christmas was, is and will always be Jesus Christ.

The real Christmas story is the event of God becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why would God do this thing? Because He loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love Himself (1 John 4:8). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.

The true meaning of Christmas is God loved His own and provided the only Way for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that gift of love.

"But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

America is in the Empire Trap

America is falling apart like the great empires of history. One of the contributing factors is an overabundance of poor and prideful leadership.

In Job 12; 24-25, God spoke through Job about disobedient leaders - "He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness. They grope in the dark without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man"

This is America in 2016. Too many of our leaders have a blindness over them that they cannot seem to be honorable statesmen putting the needs of the country above their lust for money and power. They justify and defend lies and wrongdoing of mostly the rich, the influential and the powerful but toss the poor and lowly into bondage or prison for the smallest offences. They toss aside integrity and principles for the sake of power and influence. These are leaders in every area of society - politics, business, entertainment even the church.

This message is to those who fit this category and to warn others to expose, stay away from or find better replacement for them. So

To politicians - it is God who give you the authority to enforce true justice because you are His ministers (Romans 13:1-4)

To business leaders - it is God who gave you life and the talent to conduct business, so do it with integrity (John 2:14-16; 1 Timothy 6:9-10)

To church leaders - it is God who gave you the ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors/teachers to equip and edify the saints for ministering to people and conforming to Christ character. Stop compromising the scriptures for worldly desires and giving Christianity and the name of Christ a bad name among the society. (Ephesians 4:11-13) 

Satan and the kingdom of darkness has has indeed  blinded too many of our leaders. When a nation abandons God and makes sin and idolatry normal, the consequences are what we see around us. It is indeed the time for more principled leaders to stand up and be counted worthy of truth, honesty and integrity. Principled and honest leaders be encouraged and stand firm. God loves the world and He wants the world to repent and turn to Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 (NKJV) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


God also loves America but He is looking for America to repent and return to Him.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Corrupt Speech

This excerpt from the Bible Expositor and Illuminator is such a powerful piece on corrupt speech that I felt the urge to share it. It servis a warning to Christians and unbelievers alike.

Corrupt Speech (Romans 3:13-14) As Thomas Schreiner notes, "The universal dimension of sin is nowhere more evident than [in] human speech." The evil in a person's heart inevitably comes out in a person's speech. Here Paul, (the writer of the book of Romans), drew upon Psalms 5:9, 140:3 and 10:7 to picture this aspect of human depravity. The comparison of people's throats to an open sepulchre or grave, likens their speech to the stench of decay. Although it may not always be evident, their speech flows from an unclean heart and has a corrupting effect on others.

The tongues of sinners are purposely used to deceive others. Flattery and lies are crafted to lead people astray and promote self-interest. Their speech is pictured as the deadly venom of asps or vipers, spiritually poisoning people with their words.

Finally borrowing from Psalms 10:7, Paul describes their mouths as "full of cursing and bitterness." (Romans 3:14). It is not just on rare occasions that they spew forth curses and evil words; their mouths are filled with such speech.

A clean heart is the key to clean speech (Matthew 12:34-35). Yet even believers find it hard to break sinful habits; and unwholesome and evil communication can come out in an instant. Our tongue is perhaps the most deadly weapon any of us will ever wield. Undoubtedly, this is why the Bible has so much to say about controlling our speech. By so doing, we become a source of blessing rather than destruction, and we save ourselves much grief.



Source: Bible Expositor and Illuminator, Summer Quarter 2016, Published by Union Gospel Press, Cleveland, Ohio. page 77

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GOD DOES NOT NEED US


Why do men give in to compromise when their reputation, position or personal gain is threatened  by truth and integrity? Why is it so difficult in these days to find leaders of good character? We see this lack in politics, business, entertainment and even religion in society today. It is an indication that people are willing to do anything to gain power and success. It may explain what has happened in the 2016 Presidential elections in America and the moral decline in our nation. Too many leaders find it hard to condemn  politicians who use hatred and bigotry to advance their political ambition. Some leaders sit quietly when others promote abominable behavior as the norm in our society. Even some Christian leaders are unwilling to speak boldly and publicly against the legalization of sinful practice - for fear of losing their 501 (3)c status? When morality declines in any society - economic and social decline follows. The decline in the character of leadership is indeed a warning sign. While many leaders are standing firm, we need more leaders to stand up for truth and integrity, because the true leaders are under severe attacks.

What is going on? I believe a key reason is that too many leaders trust themselves more than they trust God. They trust their education and experience more than they trust God. Even Christians leaders in this category trust their own experience more than trusting the Holy Spirit. It is time for people to demand more integrity from their leaders. Leaders who fear truth and lack integrity are actually saying that they don't need God. But God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. In other words, God is all-powerful, all-knowing and is everywhere at the same time. As the prophet Isaiah says "God knows the end of a thing at its beginning" (Isa 46:9-10). And God is not a respecter of persons. He will bypass our education, our experience, our money, our knowledge to get what he wants done on earth. God does not need us.

Did not Paul say in I Corinthians 1 that God confounds the wise and the strong of this world by using the simple and weak? God does not need you or me to get things done. I know it is hard on our pride to hear that God does not need us. He has no needs because HE is God. He can use anybody when he wants, where He wants and how He wants. He does not ask our permission to get things done. He does not have to consult with any type of leader to use an individual to complete a task. God does not need you and I, we need God. So it is high time that leaders humble themselves before God, seek His face and do whatever He shows them regardless of the consequences. He knows the end so we must put our trust in Him and not in our own strength, position, title or experience.

Without God we can't breathe a breath of oxygen; without Him we can't walk or sleep, Without Him we can't read or sing; without Him we can't truly love our family, our enemies or feed the dog. We need Him and we need Him all the time. So every leader and every person must stop boasting about their education and money, their experience and charisma, their social connections or position. We could not get any of it if God did not keep us alive and brought some of us through some mind blowing dangers and situations which should have caused us to go crazy, put us in the mental institution or even killed us. We need God. I heard some preachers say that God needs a man to get anything done on the earth. That's not what my Bible says. I read in the Book of Acts 12 where God sent sent the angel of the Lord to destroy King Herod who blasphemed the name of God. He did not use a man. So never feel that God needs you and I. He does not need us. So let us humble ourselves because we need God.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MEN: CONFRONTING & OVERCOMING THE GIANTS OF YOUR LIFE


Men face many challenges that can stop or delay their  advancement in life and the Kingdom of God. Sometimes the things we love are (or can) become the challenges in our lives. In other words, these challenges are your giants and every man must confront his giants. Our challenges are both external and internal - at work, school,  church, the community – all external but I believe it’s the challenges of the inner man that is most central to how we overcome our challenges and issues.

Your giants could be personal (physical, emotional, psychological), social or spiritual. Each of us must identify our giants first before we can defeat them. The Apostle identified the root cause of these giants in the scriptures:

1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things of the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. 

This scripture identifies every source, the root cause of every challenge, trials, test you will face in life. Also the Apostle John gives us the answer to our challenge  - He who does the will of the Father will endure. The will of God is the Word of God. The Bible has the solution to defeat every giant in your life.

There are great men in our country have faced and defeated their personal or social giants. The Bible is full of examples of how great men managed their challenges, their giants and defeated them. A look at their lives would be a lesson for every man alive.  

Here are some examples of giants men faced in the Bible:

#
Men
Giant

Scripture  
Notes
1
Adam
Disobedience,  Lust for Power
Genesis 3
Expelled from the Garden of Eden
2
Lucifer
Pride
Isa 14; Ezek 28
Expelled from heaven and became satan
3
Moses
Frustration lead to Disobedience
 Num 20:8-12
Had a murmuring and complaining congregation who did not see the promised land
4
Joshua, Caleb (12 spies)
Fear vs. trusting in God’s word
Numbers 13
Follow God rather than popular opinion
5
Gideon
Low self esteem
Judges 6
Called to lead but lived in doubt and low self esteem
6
Samson


Fornication, sexual immorality
Judges 13 thru 16
Lust of the flesh, died while fulfilling his destiny
7
King Saul 
Disobedience,  Lust for Power
1 Samuel 15
Lost the anointing of God and the kingdom; rebellion - witchcraft and stubbornness is iniquity and idolatry
8
King David of Israel


Pride, Adultery, Murder
2 Sam 24; Acts 13
Numbered the people to show his power and the result was 70,000 died; Adultery and murder However David was always quick to repent; A man after God's heart.
9
Solomon (wisdom & wealth)
Sexual immorality, Idolatry
1 Kings 11:3
Womanizer, fornication lead to Idolatry
10
Naaman, captain of the King of Syria's army
Arrogance, Pride
2 Kings 5:1 – 11
Expected the prophet Elisha to do a public show to heal him instead of obeying instructions 
11
Gehazhi, Elisha’s servant
Greed
2 Kings 5:20 - 27
Because of greed he got the leprosy of Naaman.
12
Daniel
Position and title
Daniel 6: 10-28
Sent to the lion’s den because of his belief in God. Faith in God in the face of death
13
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego (3 Hebrew young men)
Position and title
Daniel 3: 13-30
Thrown into the fiery furnace because they stood on the Word of God. Trust and Faith in God in the face of death
14
Hosea
Unfaithful wife
 Hosea 1
Obeyed God rather than leaving his wife 
15
John the Baptist
Doubt, unbelief and offence due to being imprisoned by Herod.
Matt 11:2 - 6
Are you the one or should we look for another? Blind, lame, deaf, dead, poor (gospel) blessed who not offended.
16
Apostle Paul
Beatings, shipwreck, assassination, prison and death, Thorn in the flesh
Acts  10 to 26
Faithful to God and the call on his life. Humility – open every epistle – servant or slave of Christ
17
Apostle Peter
Racism, Prejudice
Gal 2: 11-21
Ate with the Gentiles but separated himself when the other Jewish Christians appeared
18
Apostle John
Persecution and prison
Revelation 1
Exiled to prison for preaching the Gospel
19
Fredrick Douglas
Fight racism in the church to help the anti-slavery movement; Was born a slave but still stood on Christian principles of truth, love and integrity

Regarded as a great man, an abolitionist against slavery
20
Martin Luther King Jr.
Racial discrimination

Walk in love at the risk of his life

The giant list: pride, disobedience, frustration, fear, persecution, sexual immorality, greed, lust for power and influence, pleasing man rather than God, doubt, unbelief, prejudice, racism and discrimination.

 What about you man? Do you know what are the giants in your life? Can you look into your soul to identify your weak areas? Can you track your life history to identify your past giants and how you handled them? Do you have a strategy to defeat them?

Jesus did – he faced every test and trial.  Jesus Christ faced and defeated the ultimate giants of sin and death by giving His life for all mankind so we can be victorious over our giants.


The question for you and I is – Do you have a strategy to defeat your giants?