Now that We Are Saved, What’s Next?

It’s been said that ‘The Body of Christ is not on a pleasure-cruise on its way to heaven, but a battleship stationed at the very gates of hell.’ Let this analogy wrap around your imagination for a minute.

In other words, now that we are saved and assured of our salvation; we now have the honorable responsibility of saving others, including our family, friends and world around us.

The Bible asks us to freely give as we have freely received. It also states that the harvest for souls is ready but the workers are few. Let us each, one by one, be the T.D. James and Billy Graham in our own circle of influence.

Reach out, Be Bold, Die daily; Remain humble, Seek souls and Live freely. You have now received power and authority from the God from Whom all power flows. Grow your faith, stay in the word, speak to your mountains, rebuke sickness and disease and most of all, love unconditionally.

I believe that if I could give so much for myself, then how much more am I willing to give it all for Christ. It’s even easier knowing that we are on the winning side. The battle is already won in Jesus’ Name!!!!

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Loneliness Has Friends – cont’d

In going through moments where we struggle with the feeling of loneliness it is noteworthy to be cognizant of the following:

1. There are other brothers and sisters across the world that may be in the same situation as you.

2. Jesus, himself suffered from this feeling of abandonment upon the cross (Matt. 27:46).

3. He sent His Holy Spirit, Our Comforter, so that we would never have to suffer alone and that we would have the power to overcome.

4. Finally, if we allow loneliness to takeover, it may lead to self-pity, bitterness, depression and so forth.

I find it very comforting when being in a situation, that I am able to get advice or comfort from someone who went through the same thing. When Jesus took on the sins of the world, He felt abandoned by God, yet we have to remember one thing – God promised that He will never leave nor forsake us.

So the question is this:

If God promises to NEVER leave nor forsake, why would Jesus ask “…my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?”

I believe the reason Jesus asked this question is based on the truth that He lived an entire life without sin. Once He took on all the sins of the entire world, generations gone and those to come, He felt the most powerful effect of sin; SEPARATION FROM GOD.

Sin separates us from God and not God from us.

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59: 1-2

Sin is the severance of an electrical item from its power supply. Remove a bulb from its socket and all you’ll have is glass. Removing ourselves from His presence via sin only open us up to a devil who not only want us to feel lonely, but to be lonely for eternity. For if Hell is one thing assured, it is an eternal separation from God.

Uncertainty

Life. Is it more filled with certainty or uncertainty? Life, is nothing but a seeming never-ending episode of uncertainty, leading to other uncertainties.

We get an education yet we are uncertain of the challenges we will face at school. We get qualified yet, are uncertain if we will even get a job that best suits our area of expertise or our passions. We get a job but even then, there is uncertainty of our level of success, mobility, the obstacles we may face and so much more. We may meet someone we fall in love with yet, we are never certain if they are the one we will marry, and if we do; we are never certain of how things will work out.

Amidst all these forms of bewilderment, the greatest of all that I ask myself is “When will I die?Will it be a peaceful death?” Maybe you don’t ask these questions but I most certainly do.

Life can be very uncertain. In fact, no one can ever be truly certain of exactly how life will turn out. We may have hopes, dreams and ambitions; we may even work as hard as possible to ensure a specific lifestyle, yet amidst it all, uncertainty is still present.

Life is filled with uncertainty, but of these things I am truly certain – God is real and His Love is even more so. This certainty, causes all other uncertainties to become blurred and thus out of my focus. There is a scripture that states, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It’s a powerful question and statement even. It’s saying that having full knowledge that our God loves and cares for us, it matters not who may stand against us, be it principalities, powers, sickness, disease, death etc.

God is for us!!! This is the most certain statement that we can make. Death is certain, but because I have given my life to God, the uncertainty of time here on earth is not such a problem anymore. The focus now is to love as much, while there is such time to love as such.

No Idols Accepted Here

Being a Christian today is becoming extremely hard as each day goes by. One must be honest within themself and make the necessary adjustments to the dilemmas of Today’s Christendom. One major weapon of distraction today is the device we are holding in our hands right now.

Its power of distraction and destruction is far-reaching. It has not only destroyed the fabric of many relationships among us as humans, but it even threatens that which we have or seek to have with God. The world of social media is an all-encompassing web of gossip, trends, entertainment, dark proclivities among a host of other mind-swaying activities.

Funnily, the phone can be used for great good yet, more often than so; it is the tool that is crippling churches as members dwindle from distracted yet present, to indulging and absent. It’s honestly like I am watching the destruction of the world in slow motion and feel a strong sense of powerlessness in stopping it.

That which is in the hand has now replaced He who is within our heart; that which has no life is an idol now worshipped even among His stalwarts.

I pray today for a love unfiltered, undiluted, unlimited, unhinged, uncompromising and unimaginable between our selves and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray for a love that cannot be tampered with, that shall not be swayed, but will be laser-focused in its motives, its purpose and the process required to remain effective.

Let us seek the Lord for His tremendous grace that makes our weaknesses, strengths; even now in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!!!

Love Rejected

He calls for a girl who he craved for from day one,
If she even gave him a smile he would climb the moon, and defeat the sun.
He saw her beauty before the world raised their spotlight.
If she was hurt her enemies would see one supremely hostile.
His eyes paved paths and made her crooked ways straight,
Before she could utter a word her desires were already made.
He spoiled and swooned her with gifts fit for a queen,
But, this love met its bitter end when world beckoned and screamed.

She then rejected his calls and blocked him at every place,
He searched deep within to find out if he had made a mistake.
She found new friends, desires and all sorts,
He knew he did all he could and like a gentleman showed no force.
She adapted new speech, behaviors, beliefs,
He reacted by seasonally reaching out but his love was out of reach.
She soon forgot all about him, he became a fleeting thought,
Even though he had unlimited power her love could not be bought.

She married a man great in stature with fame, he stood a king,
Yet, she felt like life was never about her when she spent time with him.
She did receive the rarest gifts and all she could every ask,
Yet, sometimes when he grew angry she would be the recipient of his wrath.
She felt powerless to escape and rested in her tears,
Yet, somehow her mind pondered of her first love as she peeled back the years.
She remembered he made a promise that he is only one call away,
And with that small call a mighty army descended as all her enemies lay slayed.

From that day to now she has made him the apple of her eye,
He is her King, her First Love, the one who doesn’t know how to lie.
Love rejected is the most suicidal way to live,
She learned it is better to stick to with His unfailing love – that the devil can never give.
A person today living without Jesus as the Savior of their life,
Is like a person wishing time would stop as a next second goes by.
Death is not a question of IF but the wonder of  WHEN;
For some, sin is too fun to give up for Holiness and Heaven.

Consistently Focused

Two men are trying to cut down a tree for themselves respectively. The first man applies the axe to his tree a thousand times and yet, the tree remained standing. The second man, only swings one hundred times and yet his tree, a tad bit wider than the first, fell to the ground. The difference between the two men was that the first one swung randomly hitting any and everywhere that he could, whilst the second one made every to apply each consecutive swing to the same spot.

Such is the power of focus and consistency. Even the biggest giants will fall when you are properly focused and consistent in prayer, obedience, praise etc. The reason why so many Christians are ineffective comes down to those two points; lack of focus and consistency. One may have focus but without consistency, focus is futile. Whilst consistency without focus is self-defeating.

My encouragement to us today is to gain insight and grace from the Holy Spirit in battling the core issues within our lives that have been eroding our success and purpose. Let us find the areas where we are weakest and apply consistent focus and see the power of God manifested in magnificent ways.

 

A Most Catastrophic Calamitous Eternal Destruction

Anyone who knows me, know of my love of video games. I had to previously break my addiction to Call of Duty, a game that I have spent hundreds of hours playing over the years. The pros at this game focus on three main objectives: kill-death ratio, win-loss ratio and score per minute. Some give priority to one over the other two, but my definition of the best player, was one who was complete in all categories.

Life, like Call of Duty may also be measured in similar ways. One should focus on Biblical objectives such as, how much people we minister to (encourage, evangelize, pray for etc) on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Of those ministered to, one may need to document how much of those have become Christians, ensure they are getting involved with a church and so forth. It’s shocking how many of us call ourselves children of God, yet we never tell a soul about Jesus and what He has done for us.

We may also need to value our lifestyles, our habits, actions, decisions and weigh the value of them all against eternity. It’s surprising how caught up we are in daily activities all of which have nothing to do with our God-given purpose, talents or gifts. Our lives are so cumbersome that it doesn’t allow us time or energy to do the things that God has called us to do. The poor, the hungry, the rejected, the widow, the fatherless, the homeless, the prisoners; these are they who God has called us to reach out to, not just to our friends and acquaintances within our mutually benefiting social network.

The numbers tell a different story more than our mouths may speak and our minds may think. Jesus said it best, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” Matthew 15:8. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12. Many of us have silenced our conscience in an effort to sin comfortably and whilst even ‘Christians’ do the same to live a life free of the responsibility of following God’s Word, judgement and death looms more deadly and destructive than the most catastrophic disaster one could ever imagine.

The greatest shock will come to those who so convinced themselves they were saved, knowing in the depths of their souls they truly weren’t. Deceive not yourself one more day, my brothers and my sisters. Make it right before our Almighty King, Jesus; the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords.

Death is not a question of IF but WHEN.

The Measure of Our Treasure

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

The word ‘treasure‘ according to the Merriam Dictionary is described as wealth of any kind or in any form, or something of great worth or value. Treasure today can be defined as money, time and energy.

For most, their main desire is for more money, the poor need it, the average pursue it and the rich hoard it. Whenever we come into contact with money, God instantly starts looking on how we spend it. What percentage is spent on ourself? What percentage is given to God? Do we include Him in the ways and means that each dollar is spent?

What about our time? How much hours are spent furthering our own direct needs and wants over the plans, purposes and mission that God made for us to execute. What is the ratio of time spent doing our own thing versus time doing God’s will and seeking His face?

Thirdly, there is our energy. Many may honor God with their money through tithing, some may even spend some time having their devotions, but how much of our energy is spent being a witness to the ends of the earth, evangelizing, encouraging and praying for others.

He is looking for people who will not just honor Him with their lips but with their hearts as well, their prized treasures, the sacred gifts, their best. Are you willing to give God your best treasure? Is He not more than worth it? Will He not more than honor your giving Him your best by giving you His best treasures?

Finally, I must note one simple and overlooked fact:
God has no use for our money, He already owns it all. When He asks you to give it is His way of getting blessings to you. Giving our best to Him shows how obedient and reliant we are on Him. AMEN!!!!

The Unspeakable Now

Speak of the unspeakable subject now to avoid the place un-redeemable then.

Many Christian leaders nowadays have softened the way they preach and teach from the Bible. Many have resorted to find sound, ear-candy kind of messages; preaching what itching ears want to hear rather than what people need to hear.

The Lord revealed to me years ago that the state of a lost soul can be likened to one drowning in a pool; one moment they may be there and another they’re gone. This aligns with the scripture of God describing human life as but a mist that appears for a while and quickly disappears.

The person that is drowning, in trouble, on their way to destruction and damnation does need to know of God being the God of love and grace but that has to be balanced with knowing He is also the God of truth and justice. On one hand He promises eternal life to all those who will snatch the rope from drowning in sin and on the other He promises a place of eternal suffering, where death and destruction momentary status evolve into eternity.

An insurer asks us to be insured against risk. A doctor may say ‘prevention is better than cure.’ I say REPENT, for the end is near!!! That end maybe life as we know it but it could jolly we be us that are called next.

Happy Emancipation Day Jamaica!

My prayer for everyone in this ‘Land We Love,’ is for all of us to be holistically free. We have freedom in one sense, but with regard to our minds, souls and bodies there is another fight to win. It is a fight, and winning is the only acceptable option. Freedom cannot be gained by merely asking or negotiation. For many, freedom had to be purchased in blood and battle.

Our freedom was already paid for, when Jesus Christ, the Lord & Savior of the World came down to earth and fought the most bloody and most important battle for all lifetime. He won the battle for us to have the following:
¤ For our health over sickness and disease
¤ For our peace of mind over stress and chaos
¤ For our self-control over addictions and weaknesses
¤ For our power over principalities and demonic forces.
¤ For our joy over anger and depression.
¤ For our prosperity over poverty and lack.
¤ For our freedom over sin, death and the grave.

This day of National Emancipation can become a day of Personal Eternal Emancipation. A day where YOU say to the devil, “I will serve you no longer,” a day where you say to your flesh, “I shall daily slay thee,” and finally; a day where say to Jesus, “Lord Jesus, I confess of all my sins and ask You to forgive me of all my unrighteousness. I invite You into my heart and my life and be My Lord & Savior forevermore. AMEN!!!”

LET TODAY BE THE DAY WE ALL EXPERIENCE AND CELEBRATE EMANCIPATION IN CHRIST JESUS.