Growing Up in “HIM” (2.Pet.3:18)

The Lord wants us to grow in KNOWLEDGE as well as in Grace. We need the wisdom of God, and the knowledge of God to know how to FLOW within the grace given to us, and the spiritual gifts bestowed upon us.

Many who are blessed with the grace of having these God given gifts; use them UNWISELY & MANIPULATIVE to their own advantages, and to profit themselves unjustly by the ignorance of those who look up to them for ADVICE & MENTORSHIP.

These things ought not to be. Making MERCHANDISE of others are not God’s way of prospering you, and it is certainly not the way He promotes you. God’s FAVOR bestowed upon you is within the righteousness of His NATURE.

PEACE

(Philippians 4:6-7) In the midst of everything that may be coming against you: let your Peace be non-negotiable: your Joy be Unrelenting: and your faith be Unwavering. It is easy to give up when you’re Discouraged by circumstances: but it God’s promises that keeps us Encouraged; because we know that heaven and earth will pass away; but HIS WORD WILL STAND: and if we rely upon His Word; then we will be able to stand also. You see! it is our TRUST IN GOD that gives us peace and solace; in that we are confident that He will NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE US; and that He will not only Provide for our need; but He will Protect us from the noisome pestilence, and from hidden dangers. Cast ALL YOUR CARES upon the Lord today, and receive His perfect peace that passes all understanding. The Lord knows how to comfort His people.

Changing for the better

{Jeremiah 29:11~ For I know the Thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord. thoughts of Peace, and not of evil, to give you an Expected End.} God has already expressed His Own thoughts & plans for us. Now we must make the decision to follow through with what He lays upon our heart to fulfill, so that we can have a life of PEACE & FULLNESS through Him. You see, Real CHANGE FIRST BEGINS IN YOUR HEART. Listen! when you make up your mind to DO BETTER; then you can BECOME BETTER. Regardless of how good you may think things are now; there is still always room for IMPROVEMENT. Sometimes change can be a challenge; depending upon what it is you’re changing: but nevertheless if it’s going to better your LIFE, and better your HEALTH, and better your SOUL; then it’s worth the effort to do so. There are times when it is necessary to change TRADITIONS, CUSTOMS, AND EVEN RELIGIONS; in order to live happy, and the way God intended for us to live. Ask God to give you a new level of INSIGHT, PERSPECTIVE & COMPREHENSION that will empower you to be all that you can be, in your CALLING, MINISTRY & PURPOSES which He has ordained for you.

Displaced Emotions

There’s nothing wrong with EMOTIONS: because God created us with them; in order to help us express ourselves in ways that we often cannot speak & put into words. The main problem that gets in the way is HOW we express our emotions. There is a TIME & SEASON for everything. We must not allow our emotions to just get out of complete control; to where we are out of order. When we let our Emotions get DISPLACED; then that’s when we get in all kinds of trouble, and get Confused with things. Beloved! keep yourself, and your mind in tack with God’s Word, and within Good Reason. Now, we should pay attention to our feeling, but we should not let them guide us against what our Good Reason & Conscious is predicting, or revealing to us: because sometimes THEY CAN BE WRONG.

Abounding Grace

Rom.6:1 { What shall we say then? shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? GOD FORBID. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer there In? } The Apostle Paul is putting a series of questions to the church at Rome; concerning their new resurrection life in Christ Jesus…..verses their old life of sinful habits. The apostle asked the question to them in verse 1 ” SHOULD WE CONTINUE TO LIVE IN A SINFUL LIFESTYLE….JUST BECAUSE WE ARE UNDER GOD’S GRACE? The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT. We who have been delivered, and brought into NEWNESS OF LIFE in Christ Jesus should not allow our fleshly, carnal, ungodly habits to again take root, and DOMINATE in us. We are dead to sin through the blood of Jesus. We are brought into God’s righteousness by His resurrection. We are NO LONGER BOUND by these things by their control over us. Beloved! realize that you are IN Christ, and that sin does not have dominion over you…. nor does it CONTROL & LORD OVER YOU. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Ghost, so you can have more power over what you ALLOW into your life. Yes! God’s grace is ALWAYS sufficient for you in any situation: but God desires us to be open with Him, and honest, and not TAKE FOR GRANTED what He has made AVAILABLE to us; just so we can live unholy, or any way that we please. Listen! there are consequences to DISOBEDIENCE: and most of the time, it will leave us vulnerable to constant attacks of all kinds of demonic things. So if God forbids something; then do your best to avoid it for your own sake and wellbeing. Let the Lord help you live the best you can for Him, and serve Him to the best of your knowledge. HE IS WORTHY OF OUR ADMIRATION & ADORATION. ( Be Blessed)

ALONE WITH GOD

(” And when He had sent the multitudes away; He went up into a mountain, apart to pray: and when the evening was come; He was there alone~St. Matthew 14:23 “) Jesus would often, pray all night, and fast many days, and withdraw Himself from the multitudes just to COMMUNE WITH HIS FATHER on a personal basis.

Beloved! if you’ve got to always have a CROWD around you, and you’re never alone with the Lord, whereas you have ONE ON ONE conversations, and consistent appointed times of SOLITUDE WITH HIM; then you’re missing out on the best part of your relationship with Him. God requires FIRST PLACE in each of our lives, not Second Place.

Without a personal, STRONG & INTIMATE union with the Lord, that is coupled with Prayer, and the Word of God; then we will not produce good fruit; nor will we be FIRM & UNMOVABLE IN HIM. Beloved! without the Word, we become WEAK~ without prayer, we become VULNERABLE~ without spiritual intimacy with the Lord~ we become easily susceptible to DECEPTION. (Be Blessed)

Being Stedfast

1.Cor.15:58 (” Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord: for as much as YOU KNOW THAT YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD. “) Don’t let the adversary SHIFT YOUR FOCUS from faith to Frustration. Keep your eyes on Jesus; and stop looking away from Him. In St. Matthew 14:28-31 we see Peter as he was walking on the water; and for a while, he did just fine: he was walking STEDFASTLY TOWARDS JESUS. But when he looked away from Jesus; then Peter’s focus shifted; and he became AFRAID & AGITATED because of the circumstances around him. Beloved! if you are going to walk & live as an Overcomer over opposition; then you must maintain your CENTRAL ATTENTION ON CHRIST & HIS WORD.