(Temperance)

(Gal.5:22-23) We will be speaking on the magnificent fruit of temperence.  We hear of people talking about many different fruit of the Spirit, but seldom do we hear of them talking about the fruit of TEMPERENCE.  Another word for temperence is SELF CONTROL.  This a matter of restraint by ONESELF: because we cannot control many things  we encounter; but we can exert some kind of limitation when it comes to self.  Self Control is a RESTRICTION. We need to have self control toward OURSELVES, and we need ENDURANCE toward others, our enviroment, our situation & circumstances.  ALL of the fruit in Galations 5:22-23 are the fruit of the SPIRIT OF GOD IN US: and these fruit are to be developed, and exercised in the believer by their recreated spirit. These fruit are the CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRIST, and are cultivated in us by the Holy Spirit, as we grow, and mature in Him.  It’s like a plant that grows. When a plant is put in the ground as Seed; then EVERYTHING the plant needs in order to become a flower is ALREADY IN THE SEED; but as it grows; then the inner qualities are also developed, and in turn, makes the plant to flourish and become graceful and  beautiful.  I exhort you to allow these fruit of Christ to mature you, and make you all that you need to be in Him, and that you will grow in THE GRACE & KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST.  

The Prisoner of the Lord

Ephesians 3:1 ( For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles….) The current verses continues on as Paul begins to give his Personal Testimony of salvation.  The APOSTLE PAUL considered himself as THE LORD’S PRISONER WILLINGLY for the sake of the body of Christ. He was not so much limited by the things, or people around him; but the Holy Ghost was leading him, and infusing him with GRACE, power & ability to fulfill God’s Will for His church; and for the Gentiles unto whom he was called to preach unto.~(Eph.3:1)  A prisoner does not operate on their own, but they operate according to the prinicipals, and purposes of the ONE UNTO WHOM THEY COMMIT.  In 2. Tim.1:8- Apostle Paul reinterates again that he is the Lord’s prisoner, and is jubilant about it, and cautions His Spiritual son Timothy not to be ashamed of him, nor of the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ.  You see, when you belong to God, and you have His Agenda in heart and mind; then you don’t seek to do YOUR OWN THING, or the things that ONLY PLEASE YOU.  A prisoner doesn’t do, or go, or say just WHATEVER THEY WANT TO:  they hinge everything upon the pleasing of the Overseer.  A prisoner of Christ is not like a natural one; wherein there is bondage: but in Christ there is SWEET LIBERITY;  but not Looseness.  In other words, you have your own Will, as to obey, or not to Obey: but in rebellion, there is always consequences; because it gives the enemy a door of attack upon your life.  Let us willingly serve the Lord, and seek to bring as much GLORY TO HIM as possible; because He not only gave US HIS DIVINE LIFE to make us a New Creation; but He have His VERY LIFE up for us to obtain eternal salvation & redemption through Him.  He is alive forevermore as LORD, KING, HIGH PRIEST, INTERCESSOR, MEDIATOR & ADVOCATE for us.  Amen & Amen

Redeemning Grace

St. JH. 3:16-18 {For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whosoever BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD PERISH, but have everlasting life. }  God is the author of salvation, and Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. You see, there is salvation in NO OTHER; for there is none other name under heaven GIVEN AMONG MEN whereby we must be saved~Acts 4:12). My friend! Jesus is Him. He is the WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE: no man can come to God except by Him; the SON of the living God.  Redemption, and Salvation is obtained by Grace only; and by faith in Christ.  The scriptures plainly states that the LAW was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH came only by Jesus Christ~(St.Jh.1:17)  Grace is God giving you UNDESERVED Favour; and His Truth is REALITY and Accuracy.  I encourage you to continue in the Faith, and trust God with every detail of your life. Serve the Lord to the best of your knowledge, amd offer Him your continual thanksgivng, and praise for joy of HIS LIFE IN YOU. 

An Attitude Of Graditude

1.Thessalonians 5:18 {In EVERYTHING give thanks: for this is the WILL OF GOD in Christ Jesus CONCERNING YOU.} Being thankful makes all the difference in the world when it comes to God. Listen! GRATITUDE extends far beyond just words of thanks, and written expressions: IT IS A MINDSET that helps you recover from setbacks, problems, challenges, tragedies, and inconveniences. It is a mindset that helps you stay focused, humble, and to know how frail you are without God. But you can’t cultivate a Gratitude Mindset OVERNIGHT. You must cultivate a POSITIVE MENTALITY in everything: and a positive mentality develops positive behavior, and promotes growth. THIS IS GOD’S WILL FOR US in Christ Jesus. God wills that we offer Him thanksgiving by Christ Jesus in all things. Thankfulness keeps pride and arrogance out of our lives.

Power & Ability

Acts 1:8 ( But you shall receive #Power AFTER the Holy Ghost has come upon you; and you shall be #Witnesses UNTO ME both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the UTMOST PART OF THE EARTH. ) This POWER or ability is to be a WITNESS FOR CHRIST JESUS. A witness is someone who can TESIFY~ AFFIRM~ and GIVE CONCRETE EVIDENCE of what they have either seen, or experienced, or had a personal participation in what they are speaking about. Also this Holy Power and ability FROM ON HIGH is to empower you to not only witness for Christ Jesus; but to be AUTHORIZED & QUALIFIED TO SERVE in your gifts, and to walk in your Calling, and to have dominion over demonic & satanic operations, influence, and ALL OPPOSING FORCES to the kingdom of a God. Beloved! don’t try to DO the work of God without the POWER of God. Remember the Seven son of SCEVA ( Acts 19:14–16) NEVER try to DO OR SAY something in the Spiritual Realm, or in the name of Jesus: that you have not been AUTHORIZED by God do. Amen. (Be Blessed)

Being merciful to Others

St.Matt.7:3(” Judge not,that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, YOU shall be judged; and with what MEASURE YOU METE OUT OT OTHERS, shall be measured out to you again “) Now, some people have taken that scripture and used it as a crutch to become UNREPENTANT: and others have used it as a SELF RIGHTEOUS STAFF to measure the faults of others. Friend! Jesus is trying to get us to see that if we SENTENCE others with harsh criticism, and judgement, being unmerciful to them; then we will be treated with the SAME CONDEMNATION that we have displayed. Discernment and judgement are 2 different things: because we’re suppose to discern the fruit without discrediting & downgrading the person. If somebody isn’t living or doing what you think is right; then don’t condemn them, because they are already convicted in their own heart by their CONSCIOUS. Just try to correct them, and pray for their recovery out of the snares of the devil, and unrighteousness: because beloved! WE ALL NEED TO COME UP.

Law verses Grace

Rom.6:14 { For SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION over you: for you are not under the Law, but under Grace. What then? shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under Grace? GOD FORDID: do you know that Whoever you yield yourselves servants to obey; you are the servants of whomsoever YOU OBEY; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness. } This is the difference between Law and Grace: LAW says, I messed up, and I know it, but I can’t help it, and I can’t do anything about because I have a NATURE of sin and are automatically under the wrath of God~Ephesians 2:3) Okay! now GRACE steps in and says; because you are Born Again, and have become a new creature in Christ Jesus, you have been delivered from NOT JUST THE PENALTY OF SIN~ BUT FROM BEING A SUBSERVIENT UNTO IT: because with the Holy Spirit, you now have the ABILITY & STRENGTH TO SAY NO unto the will of the flesh, and of the mind which opposes the things of God. Did you hear that? You have power through Christ to say NO to any sin that seeks to dominate your life. Now! we do thank God that we are in the DISPENSATION OF GRACE, and not under the Dispensation of Law where we must bring some animal, or bird for an offering: but just because we are in the GRACE COVENANT doesn’t mean we can sin all we want; and just expect God’s Grace to accept our UnGodly BEHAVIOR & CONDUCT without consequences. Listen! God’s Grace is powerful enough to LIFT YOU out of a life of continually dominance of sin: but His Grace is also potent enough to KEEP YOU OUT as you cast yourself upon Him, and rely upon Him, and yield unto His Spirit in you to help you live a life that is PLEASING UNTO HIM, AND TO DO HIS WILL, AND WALK IN HIS PURPOSES. Now, We know that a lot of Preachers and Ministers don’t talk about these things; and they just tell you the good parts GOSPEL PROSPERITY, and not explain to you the PENALTIES OF WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE. None of us have arrived, but we are striving. None of us are where we should be, but we are certainly not where we use to be either. Beloved, as Christ-Like CHRISTIANS; God expects us to let His Spirit work in us to be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. We represent God on earth to the world. As a Holy Nation of royal priesthood, we are held accountable to the STANDARDS OF GOD’S WORD: and are expected to disciple~ witness~ and win souls to Christ~ in our great commission of going about teaching all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, in Jesus Name, for REPENTANCE, REMISSION OF SINS, and then telling them about the wonderful BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST: which endows you with power, authority, and ability to serve. I could go on and on with this, but I just wanted to write, and admonish people about GRACE: in which many people seem to be TAKING FOR GRANTED. ( Stay Blessed )