Worldwide News: “WHAT are U Following?”

The BIBLE states,  “…Behold, there came wise men (Magi) from the East to Jerusalem…Saying,  Where is He that is born King of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the East and are come to worship Him…They departed and, lo, the  star  which they saw in the East, went before them,  till it came and stood over where the young child (Jesus) was. When they saw the star,  they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”   (Matthew 2:1b-2, 9-10)  My question to you is “WHAT are U Following?”    Who and What goes before you?    Who and What are you following? 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

We all know the story about the miraculous  Story of Jesus’  birth and we greatly rejoice in Him as our Redemptive Savior!  The three wise men could have been three drug addicts following night visions in the sky.  Instead, GOD chose three wise Kings to pay homage to HIS Son, JESUS!  Mind you, I am not saying the story of three drug addicts is unworthy;  but the story of three Kings traveling great distances…being led by the Lord’s Star…crossing hostile lands…toting wealth and riches over borders …carrying treasures worthy for The KING…entering into king Herod‘s territory…risking their lives …and being warned in a dream not to return the way they came…is one of the greatest truths noised all over Planet Earth!

Again, I ask you, “What are U Following?”

(1)    Are you following a Hollywood Star?  If so, may the Lord GOD help you!  In the morning you will be confused, disillusioned, drunk, taking drugs, half naked, partying, in bed with somebody you don’t know, clowning, wearing clothes (baby dolls) so short that people can see up feather river, or wearing clothes so tight you can’t sit down without a rip! 

(2)   Are you following the LORD JESUS?  If so, you are on the right road!  Like the Magi, your eyes are on the MARK!  Apostle Paul said, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in CHRIST JESUS!”  (Philippians 2:14)  Thus, we are in a  marching, pressing, and struggling  Army of Believers  who must overcome trials  set before us.  It show ain’t easy!   However, in the end, WE GONNA WIN!

This message is to rack your brain with one potent question, “WHAT are U Following?”   This message is not meant to strike more discord in your life.  Instead, it is to challenge you to think about your present circumstances and your eternal destiny.  If you don’t believe me,  just read the headlines about the many, many, many untimely deaths and tragedies striking the Global Planet.  Again, I ask you, “WHAT are U Following?”

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “Is Your GIFT on the SHELF?”

The BIBLE  states,  But the manifestation of the SPIRIT is given to every man to profit withal.”   (I Corinthians 12:7)    Question:  “Is Your GIFT on the SHELF?”

Merry Xmas!  Did you give someone a gift or gifts?  Did they put the gift on the top shelf?  If so, this is the last Christmas you will deliver a gift to them!  For this reason, I am asking,  What are YOU doing with the gift(s) the Lord JESUS gave you? Don’t make yourself ugly putting a 3-inch pierced ring in your nose or a big doggy bone through your earlobe (unless you’re in the market for cavemen)! Instead, do something constructive and creative with yourself as the Lord GOD will make your gift(s) known and/or perceptible to others.  Question: Will every body like you or understand your gifts or callings?   Answer:  NO!  I get hundreds and hundreds of spams (and I ain’t talking about spam in the can).   If the Lord GOD is for you, HE IS MORE THAN THE SPAMS AGAINST YOU!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

In JESUS,  we have a role model to plan our lives after.  It matters not what other people do, you have as much right to discover, develop, enhance, build up, and make over the gift(s) given to you!  Don’t sit on your butt doing nothing! Ask yourself,  WHAT DID JESUS DO WITH HIS GIFTS AND CALLINGS?  JESUS did the Father’s bidding even in the face of death as He said, “NEVERTHELESS NOT MY WILL BUT THINE WILL BE DONE!”   Jesus did not shelf His gifts!

(1) JESUS  allowed the Spirit to manifest itself within and without Himself.   Say What?  Jesus actively demonstrated and displayed His talents!  In fact, Jesus is the only perfect man to house all nine gifts (Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discernment of Spirits, Divers Kinds of Tongues, and Interpretation of Tongues). JESUS acted upon all of these gifts as the Bible states that the space between Heaven and Earth would fill up should we list the many, many, many deeds of JESUS CHRIST!

(2) JESUS  is PRO-active.  As the 2nd Member of the EXECUTIVE BRANCH, JESUS out played any pro-active medicine and antidote on Planet Earth.  When (and before) problems occurred, JESUS was on it!  Have you seen pro-active commercials?  As soon as a little pimple arises, the user dots a little pro-active juice on the blemish and it goes away!  This comparison is really not equivalent to the PRO-ACTIVE SPIRIT OF CHRIST,  but it will suffice (for now)!   The SPIRIT of GOD and the BLOOD of the LAMB which lives within the veins of every believer will wipe out the stains of sin in our lives. We are joint heir’s with CHRIST JESUS and the BLOOD of the LAMB lives within our veins.  When the devil sticks up his ugly head in our lives, we must speak the WORD of GOD and declare the BLOOD of JESUS on the devil, his demons, sickness, joblessness, death, and disease.

In Summary, there is nothing and nobody hidden from the Lord, as He is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient.  Jesus could have come down from the CROSS but He did not!   He withstood, the pain, the agony, the shame, and the brutality for us.

I’m really talking to somebody out there!

(A)   Do not allow people to disturb your peace and to squash your gifts and callings. One day, you (all of us) will stand before the Lord GOD to give an account of these gifts. You cannot say, “MY MAMA, MY DADDY, MY FRIEND SAID THIS OR THAT…OR…SOMEBODY DID THIS OR THAT TO ME…OR…THEY HURT MY FEELINGS…!”

(B)   Do not allow yourself to be shy. Instead, speak up for God’s righteousness! If you are ashamed of the Lord JESUS, He will be ashamed of you on Judgment Day!   Keep in mind that all excuses (past and present) are nailed to the Cross!   Again, may I ask,  “Is Your GIFT on the SHELF?”

Have a Blessed Day!   

 

Worldwide News: “The BLIND Man who could SEE!”

The BIBLE states,  “And king Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet which told me that I should be king over this people…he shall tell thee what shall become of the child…And Ahijah could not see for his eyes were set by reason of his age…”   (I Kings 14:1-6)   This prophet was blind, but he is   “The BLIND Man who could SEE!”    And, we are going to find out why!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

In the story above, king Jeroboam was extremely wicked and his innocent son (Abijah) was sick.  As any other father, the king loved his son and wanted to know if he would recover; so he sent his wife incognito to inquire of Prophet Ahijah (who was blind by reason of his age).

The Lord GOD uses certain gifts to equip His people such as the Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discernment of Spirits, Divers Kinds of Tongues, and Interpretation of Tongues.  All of these gifts are from the One True GOD and they work within the selfsame SPIRIT of GOD dividing to every man severally as He will.  (I Corinthians 12:8-11)   How can these gifts operate as so?  The Word states,   “For as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body:  so also is  Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,  whether we be Jews or Gentiles,  whether we be bond of free:  and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.”   (I Corinthians 12:13-14)

Back to the lesson, the Lord GOD used the Word of Knowledge and Discernment of Spirits to equip Ahijah as follows,

(1)   Prophet Ahijah did not know Jeroboam’s wife was coming but   “…the LORD said unto AHIJAH,  Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son: for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her:  for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign (pretend)  herself to be another woman.  And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said,   Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest  thou thyself to be another?”

(2)  Prophet Ahijah told Jeroboam’s wife why the Lord GOD was angry,  For I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.  Go, tell Jeroboam,   Thus saith the Lord GOD of Israel,   (a) Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel. And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee:   (b)  and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes. But thou has done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:   (c)  therefore behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone. Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat; for the Lord hath spoken.  (d)  Arise thou, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.  And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him:  for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.”

In summary, we  (you and I)  need these gifts from the Lord GOD as we cannot fight the things we cannot see. Thus, we need Spiritual tools to stay ahead of the devil’s armies. Keep in mind, the battle is not ours as it belongs to the Lord GOD! We all should strive to be   “The BLIND Man who can SEE!”

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “I CAN SEE!”

The BIBLE states,   “And  JESUS  said unto him (the blind man),  Go wash in the pool of Siloam…he went his way…And the blind man said,  I went and washed,  and   I received my sight.”   (John 9:7-11)  [Note: Don’t you want Jesus to come into your life, your sick room, the lives of your family members, and your circumstances with Wings of Healing?]   Don’t you want to say? “I CAN SEE!”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

In the story above, we don’t know the name of the blind man but he was poor and insignificant to the Pharisees.  However, he was important to the  Lord JESUS  who made an ointment of clay from His Holy spittle and anointed the blind man’s eyes with it!   If you get nothing out of this lesson,  just remember the following:  (1)  the blind man took action – Jesus said, “Go…”  (2)  the blind man obeyed Jesus who said, “Wash thyself..”  and  (3)  the blind man “Worshipped Jesus .”  ( John 9:38)

Notice, the blind man did not approach the Lord.  Rather the Lord  “…saw a man that was blind from his birth..”   and  the Disciples said,   “Master,  who did sin, this man, or his parents that he was born blind?”   [Note: The Lord  “…saw a man…”  as He firstly does not look upon our physical or mental issues but He sees us spiritually helpless and made in the image of God.] Listen to the Lord’s answer,   “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:  but that the works of GOD should be made manifest in him.”   (John 9:3)  This tells us not to worry so much why  things happen to us  or  why  we are so deep in sin but we should  focus on being rescued  from  our  troubles   (just as this blind man).   Put the Lord’s Words in your heart, mind, and soul,   “…the works of GOD should be made manifest…”   The greater our sins, the greater the deliverance is!  As you know,  all the glory belongs to the Lord!

This sightless man was  in-the-way  as JESUS was passing by.   Likewise, we’ve got to thrust ourselves in-the-way of JESUS.  Run,  I say,  as fast as you can to the Lord’s House  and  be sure to take Him home with you (do not leave the Lord at Church).  Don’t let your family, friends, co-workers, or circumstances hinder your fellowship with the Lord GOD!   Read  John 9:1-41  for yourself because the entire chapter is geared to this one blind man and all the opposition he received for being able to see.  It is a mess and quite disturbing but it is not unusual as people will dislike you (like the blind man) for being able to see them as they really are!   The Word of God will convict you, compel you to live right, and people will ridicule you for making changes in your life.  After all, don’t you have rights? After JESUS is the center of your life, people will not be able to manipulate you as other times in the past.  You will establish a prayer life and give everything to the  Lord JESUS  and   He will guide you (away from these people and opposition).  If your enemies don’t leave you alone, the Lord HIMSELF will deal with them!  You don’t have to pull any illegal tricks as the Lord will take the teeth out of their mouths and put the boils of Job upon them.  After they get thru itching and twitching, they will not have time to think about digging ditches for you!

So many times, we think that we can see but we cannot as we need spiritual eyes.  You know what I’m talking about! You may think you understand a family member, co-workers, supervisors, certain financial problems, dilemmas, and health issues, but something goes wrong and you become unglued. When you think all parties are in agreement, somebody falls out on the floor squealing like a pig.  Mind you,  the majority rule or the winning party is not always right.  For this reason, we must watch,  pray, and cover ourselves!  Perhaps, you are the one in disagreement so make sure you are assuming Jesus’ role.

The evil Pharisees reviled the blind man saying,  “What did Jesus do to thee…how opened He thine eyes?”   [Note: They assumed Jesus used hocus pocus or something ridiculous to give the man sight. Apparently, this was the first time some one born blind received his sight. This was no small matter and the Pharisees were filled with jealousy.] Well now,  the Pharisees exhausted the blind man with questions and the blind man said,   “I have told you already and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again?”   So, the Pharisees cast out the blind man but JESUS found him and asked,  “Do thou believe on the Son of GOD?”   You know, the blind man did not know JESUS’ true identity;  but,  he had the  “GOOD SENSE”   to ask,   “..who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?  And JESUS said,  Thou has both seen Him  and  it is He that talked with thee.  And he (the blind man)  said,  Lord,   I believe.  And  he  worshipped  Him.”   (John 9:35-38)

Jesus put the Pharisees (who thought they could see) in their place!   JESUS  said,   “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say,  we see;  therefore  your sin remaineth.”   (John 9:41)  By now, the Pharisees were inflamed!   What did Jesus mean?  If the Pharisees were  unaware (ignorant) of  the  Power of God,  then,  they could believe in the  Virtue of Healing  as it comes from GOD.   Instead, being intelligent, they refused to recognize JESUS  (as the Son of God) bestowed with the Power of God!  Unfortunately, the Pharisees were intelligent, followers of the Mosaic and Oral Laws, and they believed themselves to be set aside.   However,  JESUS  put a real thorn in their picnic baskets!  In John 1:51,  JESUS said,   “Here after,  ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”   In other words, since you say you see,  YOU SHOW GONNA REALLY SEE SOMETHING!     Like the blind man, don’t you want to say?    “I CAN SEE!”

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “The Devil is REAL – Ask the SCEVA Brothers!”

The BIBLE states, “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call [cast out] over them which had evil spirit’s in the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preached. And there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know: but who are ye?  And the man in whom the evil spirit was in leaped on them [the Sceva Brothers], and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”  (Acts 19:14)     Thus,   “The Devil is REAL – Ask the SCEVA Brothers!”   If you don’t believe me, read the most recent and tragic Internet headlines. 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Most people believe the devil is not real!  Let’s go ask the SCEVA BROTHERS. There were seven on them in a family (sorry I don’t know if they had sisters or not). Their Father (Sceva) was a Jew and the Chief Priest and they felt Daddy’s standing  along with repeating the powerful phrase “…in the name of the Lord Jesus come out of him”  would do the trick.  Instead of casting out the demon, they got their rumps beat!  The Word says, “…the man in whom the evil spirit was in leaped on the Sceva Brothers…overcame them…prevailed them, and they fled out of the house naked and wounded.”  They did not have the POWER of CHRIST to perform such a task. Word of caution,  “DO NOT MIMIC THE LORD GOD!”  In fact, somebody should have called 911 for the Sceva Brother!  I want you to know that real men and women of God do not use charms (snake or fake), chants, amulets, magical wands, ghost busters, or what ever to cast out demons. There are no trick spells to cast out evil spirits as there is only POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!

You see, the power bestowed upon all believers is dependent upon the faith of each believer! Many times,  JESUS said,  “…be it so according to your faith…”   If you have little faith, you will have little power.  Likewise, if you have great faith, you will have great power in the Lord GODWhat does this mean?  If the doctor tells you something is medically wrong with you, call on the Name of JESUS! Don’t let the doctor’s prognosis cast fear and doubt upon you. Take that problem to the Lord GOD and leave it there. Don’t let the devil take away or confuse your mind!  Continue to bathe, shave, comb your hair, change your underwear and outer garments, put on some cologne or after-shave, smile, take a drive, look up at the sky, say howdy to people, and thank the Lord for being alive.

You have to keep the faith!  More importantly, you must use common sense AND God given remedies (herbs, grape seed capsules, sesame oil, sea salt, walnut oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, nopal cactus, vitamins, and ointments)…AND many other things used by the ancients and Native American Indians to heal themselves…AND physical exercise.  Please know for sure,  “The Devil is REAL –  Ask the SCEVA Brothers!”   

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “I Heard ABOUT What You’ve Done For OTHERS!”

The BIBLE states,   “And  Boaz answered and said unto her (Ruth),  It hath fully been showed me, all that thou has done unto thy mother in law (Naomi) since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou know not…”   (Ruth 2:11) Truly, the  Lord GOD is saying to us,   “I Heard ABOUT What YOU’VE Done For OTHERS!”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

In the story above, Boaz (a type of Christ) is the redeeming kinsman who bought back the land for his relative (Naomi, the widow of Elimelech)…married Ruth (the Moabitess who married Mahlon, the son of Naomi and Elimelech)…and… raised their first-born son up to continue Elimelech’s heritage. The Mosaic Law and strict customs forbade the Jews to marry outsiders and both sons of Naomi and Elimelech broke the law.

Do you think the ALMIGHTY GOD does not know your circumstances?  The enemy (the devil, a roaring lion) wants you to believe that nothing matters…the devil wants you to doubt the Lord GOD…the devil wants you to curse the day you were born…the devil wants you to curse others…the devil wants you to give up…the devil whacks you when you help others…the devil lies on you and creates frustration for you…the devil tells you that people don’t like you… the devil tells you that people are playing you…the devil wants to turn you and yours out to the streets…and so on.

Listen to me!  JESUS  knows all the good and the bad you’ve done and the things you are doing to make a difference in the lives of others.  Although all of your good is as filthy rags, it is still better to live right and to do good unto others rather than to live wickedly pouring out hell’s flames on people.  What does this mean?  Well, there are individuals  (CEO’s, directors, managers, supervisors, and co-workers) on these hellish jobs who come to work (like bats out of hell)  to make life so bad that people hurt themselves or their co-workers, become violently ill (requiring hospitalization or pass away),  and/or  mistreat their families at home.   

If you (like Boaz and Ruth) are redeeming others from poverty, aiding the widows and widowers, the fatherless, the motherless, feeding families, and trying to live right, the Lord GOD’S  Eye is upon you! Trust me, your good deeds are not going unnoticed!  Sooner or later, the LORD will turn your situation around. Just keep on keeping on (in the Name of JESUS CHRIST) and you will receive a great, great, great, great reward!  The LORD is saying,   “I Heard ABOUT What YOU’VE Done For OTHERS!”

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “HARD HEADED CHILDREN!”

The BIBLE states,   “And his (JOB) sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day, and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and drink with them…”   (Job 1:4)    Let’s talk about “HARD HEADED CHILDREN!”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Job’s ten children (seven boys and three girls) were having fun every day!  They went from each brother’s house to the next brother’s house celebrating this and that occasion!     Before the day began, they go up in a festive mood.  Do you know any children (rich, semi-rich, and poor) who rely on their parent’s income and provisions?  Do you know  children  who party all the time, spend Daddy’s money,  never think about working or intensive study, or about their future?   What in the World were Job’s off springs celebrating?  By the way, they were not little kids – they were young adults who lived in their own houses!  They didn’t work in the fields, or supervise the servants, or collect the eggs from the chickens, or gather the straw, or wash dishes, or sweep the floors but they knew how to spend Job’s money!    [Note: I will address more issues about these young adults below.*] 

According to the Bible,  “Job was a perfect and upright man,  and one that feared God,  and eschewed evil,  and  Job lived in the Land of Uz  (not OZ).”    (Job 1:2)   Furthermore,  GOD gave Job  riches (a very great household)  and  honor  (Job was the greatest of all the men in the East) as he had one wife, ten children, plenty of servants, live stock  (7,000 sheep;  3,000 camels;  500 yoke of oxen; and 500 she asses),  silver,  gold,  great standing (throughout the land),  and many other things.

More importantly,  Job  was  a  pious  man.  Unfortunately, Job did not interfere with his children’s celebrations or their ungodly ways!   In fact, there is no record that he ordered them to stop the nonsense!   The Bible says,  “When the days of their feasts were gone about,that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.”  (Job 1:5)   *Frankly, I strongly object to Job’s behavior concerning his grown children because he should have scolded them and instructed them to:   (a)  give more honor and respect to the ALMIGHTY GOD;    (b) rise up early in the morning to work side by side the servants and/or to supervise the servants;  and  (c)  I protest against the attitudes of Job’s sons who summoned their sisters to continually party with them as the daughters’ place is along side the Mother and  preparing to be wives (not drinking strong wine, joking, fooling around,  and laughing all day).

Biblically speaking,  “HARD HEADED CHILDREN”   are destined to live only one-half of their days on this Earth!  During Job’s days, the Mosaic Law had not been given.  In fact, Job  was the son of third son of Issachar, the son of Jacob and Leah.  (Genesis 46:13)  The  New Testament tells us to   “…train up a child in the way he or she should go and when he is old he will not depart from it….” However, the New Testament was written after Job’s time.  Nonetheless, the WORD states,  “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD…”   (John 1:1)   Thus, GOD’S WORD was applicable from before the foundation of the World  and  GOD’S WORD shall remain in effect forever!  Don’t forget, the Bible states, “…heaven and earth shall pass away but HIS WORD shall stand forever!”

So, what happened to Job’s children?   Listen to the Bible:   “And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men and the young women, and they died.”   (Job 1:19)   While they were all feasting in one of the brother’s house, a hurricane or twister came out of no where and fell upon them!  There was one survivor, a servant!

PLEASE NOTE:   The  Book of Job  is considered one of the oldest books in the Bible and there is uncertainty about the author.   However, there is no cloud about the man Job as he lived and he was full of afflictions (Job means afflicted).  As a religious man, Job did the best he knew how.   Isn’t that all the Lord GOD requires of us?  GOD knows that we are not perfect and we make plenty mistakes and we continue to break with HIS Word!  Do you feel afflicted and burdened down?   Well, you are not alone!   GOD gives us chance after chance to make an about-face toward His righteousness!   Make certain, you get and stay in good standing with the Lord GOD and make sure you teach HIS Word to your   “HARD HEADED CHILDREN!”

Have a Blessed Day!