Worldwide News: “It’s in Your HEART…but…Nevertheless!”

The BIBLE states,  “And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name… Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house but thy son (Solomon) shall build the house unto my name…”  (I Kings 8:18-19)  Don’t you see?  The Lord GOD knows us and the intents of our hearts as there is nothing hidden from HIS sight.  You may have blessings on-the-way but you allow the enemy to deceive you and to thwart those blessings.  Thus, “It’s in Your Heart…but…Nevertheless…”    So, make sure your heart is in the right place!

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As you may know, king Solomon built a glorious House for the LORD ALMIGHTY because GOD commissioned him for the job!  But why did GOD endorse Solomon rather than king David?  Again, as you know, GOD said to David, “You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.” (I Chronicles 28:3) Without shedding blood, there was no other way for king David to bring peace to the Jews and to unite both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel – that’s a whole another story.

Since it is “Good Friday” let’s talk about the “good things” we plot to do. But firstly, let’s look at David‘s life (because this lesson concerns him). Before he  became king, David was running for his life from king Saul who was extremely jealous of his popularity and God’s anointing on his life.  If the LORD had not interceded for David, he would still be running!  Do you ever feel this way? Some of us have been running for 20, 30, 40, 50 or more years from the devil and his gang members!  In fact, you cannot sleep at nights because your mind is over-worked!  

Here’s the point! Many times, we purpose to do good things in our heart but obstacles get in the way. For instance, we intended to pay a bill on the eve the bill was due but someone called us…we talked a few hours laughing and hollering…we forgot to pay on line or over the phone… and we went to bed…the next morning we woke up and wow the thought returned to our mind. Thus, the bill is delinquent with a $25.00 or more late fee and the credit card company doesn’t care about our being side tracked as they want the bill money and the late fee(s).

The WORD says, “For the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek HIM, HE will be found by you but if you forsake HIM, HE will cast you off forever.” (I Chronicles 28:9b) Perhaps, the Lord GOD did not call us to erect an apartment building or shopping mall, but we are accountable for the temple (the body) we live in.

Have a Blessed Day! 

Worldwide News: “Be a WISE MASTERBUILDER!”

The BIBLE states,  According to the Grace of GOD which is given unto me (Apostle Paul), as a WISE MASTERBUILDER, I have laid the foundation and another builds thereon. BUT LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH THEREUPON. For no other foundation CAN NO MAN LAY than that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST.”   (Corinthians 3:10-11)  Are you wondering if Apostle Paul’s advice is correct for everyone (Jew and Gentile alike)?  Yes, the WORD of GOD is correct in every situation and  “IT”  will endure for ever and ever and ever and ever!  If you want to turn around the bad circumstances in your life, home, church, business, and whatever else,  “Be a WISE MASTERBUILDER!”

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Whether or not you are a man, woman, boy, girl, parent, foster parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, brother or sister, teacher, principle, counselor, doctor, lawyer, judge, president, king, queen, etc., this message is for all of us. Your entire mental, spiritual, and physical body is based upon the small rooms (cells) in your body. I’m not a biologist and I ain’t trying to be.  However, my common sense says, “If your cells become infected with a deadly incurable disease, you may cease to exist.”   But, you do know the LORD JESUS performs miracles. Also, you do know that Lazarus was dead and stinking in his grave for four days but JESUS called him back from the dead!  That’s a fact!

Apostle Paul tells us how to “Be a WISE MASTERBUILDER”  by laying our foundations in JESUS CHRIST.  In fact, there is no other foundation other than the One in CHRIST JESUS!  The rooms (inward and outward) of your life depends upon excellent building blocks mentally, spiritually and physically. If you use poor materials, “your building” (the Temple of God – “your body, soul, and spirit”)  will be inferior and it will not endure deadly winters, hot summers, strong winds, frost, sickness, disease, trials, tribulations, depressions as well as the other spiritual weapons of warfare being directed at you! For instance, you can receive injections, see psychiatrists and doctors, take herbs and vitamins, bathe in hot spring waters, take mud baths, or perform other remedies to help cure sickness and disease but if your environment is plagued with the same people and the same (or different) viruses, germs, and filth, you will be infected again and again. If you are building a foundation upon “man made” materials, it will not be solid. By the time your tower is finished the bottom will fall out and the building will crumble!  Honey, the devil has designs for us and JESUS is the only One who can fight that old dragon.

Take Apostle Paul’s advice, “Be a WISE MASTERBUILDER”  and do not build upon the whacky doctrines of others – take heed as to how you build, who you build with, and who shares your building!

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “What Kind of SEEDS Are YOU Planting?”

The BIBLE states, “A sower went out to sow his seed and as he sowed…some fell by the way side…and some fell upon a rock…and some fell among thorns…and some fell on good ground…” (Luke 8:6-7)  If you swallow an apple seed (most certainly) an apple tree will not grow inside your belly and apples won’t grow out the side of your neck!  Have you ever seen a person walking around with an apple tree growing out the top of his head? Lets cut through the chaff as I am not talking about apple or cucumber seeds. When you look back over your life, what kind of trail or SEEDS did you leave behind?  More so, “What Kind of SEEDS Are YOU Planting?”

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As you know there are all kinds of seeds such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, and in other areas of life relative to reproduction (above and below sea level, including the Heavens above). This question is directed to YOU not to apples, cucumbers, or sunflower seeds (the latter two are edible).  In the above story, Jesus speaks in a parable to the people but He breaks down the real meaning to His DisciplesThe sower is the preacher or messenger;  the seed is the WORD of GOD; and the ground is YOU including the surroundings of your life!

When you hear the Spoken WORD, do you obey, disobey, or table  “IT”  for later? These are not the words of Constance (without CHRIST, I am nothing!)  The Bible clearly states, “Let a man (or wo-man) examine himself…”  (I Corinthians 11:28)  As a partaker of CHRIST, you must be worthy which means guiltless of sin!  If you are unworthy, you are damned!

You must examine yourself, repent, and make an-about-face. In Galatians 6:4-5, Apostle Paul tells us,  “But let every man (or wo-man) prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.”   Therefore, you must compare yourself  to  GOD’S Word  (not Mama’s, Daddy’s, YO homeboys/homegirls, family, friends, and/or acquaintances).

Once more,  “What Kind of SEEDS Are YOU Planting?”  Do you start big or little messes…do you carry the word of mouth…is your tongue on fire…do you stay on the telephone gossiping…do you snitch on others?  If so, you should not be doing these things and you need to pray for deliverance.  Allow the WORD of GOD to be planted within your heart and let  “IT”  grow and the weeds will disappear from your garden.  This means you won’t be acting up and showing out and your spirit will build up a shield against the people who provoke you to do wrong and sin against the Lord.    Soon, they will get the message!

Finally, Apostle Paul says, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  (Galatians 6:8)

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “The FIRST thing FIRST!”

The BIBLE states, “But seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of GOD and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  (Matthew 6:33)  Excuse me, we go to the Mall, nail salon, hair salon, restaurant, movies, on a date, jogging, boating, on a picnic, dancing, THEN, we seek the LORD but not HIS complete righteousness – just some of it  (the parts we need to justify our actions and desires).  In reality, the Lord GOD should be “The FIRST Thing FIRST!”

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You are absolutely right,  “…you are only human…”   However, you have needs like everyone else but you have a debt to pay to The Creator of Heaven and Earth!    Saint Matthew’s Gospel tells us that GOD knows we have needs!  I’m certain (and you too), GOD knew you before HE put you in your Mother’s womb. Naturally, you don’t have any recollection of this but your immortal spirit and soul  (as you were without a body) existed in the Well of Souls (in HEAVEN) and GOD called you out by name!  GOD planted you in your Mother’s womb; and there,  HE shaped you, formed you, and breathed the Breath of Life into your nostrils!   Yo Mama may have suffered great pains to birth you…Yo Daddy pretended to be in agony… and the doctor only slapped you on the butt!   But, GOD permits your existence and that is why you are here still here, living, and breathing –  if you are reading this Blog

Saint Matthew goes on to say,  “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith.  Therefore take no thought saying, What shall we eat? What shall we drink or Where withal shall we be clothed?…Take therefore no thought for the morrow for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof…”  

Honey,there is enough evil hitting you upside your head at work (designing managers, supervisors, and co-workers digging ditches for you and/or helping your first heart-attack along); in the grocery stores (ugly ladies running their carts into the back of your boots and cutting the line in front of you, etc); at the cleaners (they shrink your clothes but you ain‘t gaining weight); at the schools (children are gang members – carrying guns and knives); in the homes (there is no peace among members of the same family and blended families); between husbands and wives (the husband says the wife is getting fat and ugly and  the wife says the husband is getting uglier and uglier); and every which-a-way you turn there is TROUBLE! 

As soon as you get off the phone, various people call with a bunch of mess. For instance, he or she says, “You were talking about me to so and so…” For some reason, you can’t get to the bottom of the mess; so, you can’t get the mess cleared-up!  There is so much junk going on until it is a wonder that you don’t hang a bottle of Johnny Walker around your neck!  Please don’t take to alcohol or drugs as they are not the answers to your problems!

For all of the above reason, “Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness…” and the things you need will be added unto you!  Don’t have little faith.  Instead, you must have great swelling FAITH because you serve a great, great, great, great, great  GOD and HE loves you!

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “Don’t Say STUPID Things to JESUS!”

The BIBLE states,  “But Martha was cumbered about much serving and came to Jesus, and said, LORD, dost thou not care that my sister (Mary) hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.” (Luke 10:40)  It doesn’t take much to get upset but make sure you say the right thing and “Don’t Say Stupid Things To JESUS!”   Stop your whinning and crying about stuff and sit down next to Mary to receive”spiritual meat.”  

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Like Martha (Lazarus’ sister), all of us have been there and some of us are still stuck on “stupid.” We have so many different categories for personalities such as Type A, B, C, D and so forth.  In my opinion, some of us are Type A personalities (like Martha) because we want to get things done right away. Moreso, we want others to be just as confused and anxious as we are!  We hate to see others sitting down with a calm mind and in perfect peace, especially when we are sweating through our cracks!  We cannot wait two years (two days or two hours) to get things done as it is now or never.  Amen, sisters and brothers!  

Obviously, Martha was an outspoken person and did not bite her tongue. Without question, it is good to speak up but not all things are expedient (even though they may be trueful or lawful).  Naturally, it was right for Martha to want help in the kitchen, especially if she is serving a lot of people. Someone has to peel the potatoes, wash the lettuce, chop the onions, get the dishes and someone has to prepare the meats, breads, wines,  etc.

Let’s look at Jesus’ answer,  “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:42)  Notice the LORD gives us insight into Martha’s character. Firstly, the Lord called her name twice (put your name in place of Martha’s) because He wants her undivided attention.  Secondly, Jesus is saying, “I know you got a lot on your mind…I know you are conscientious…I know you are dutiful and sincere…but you are troubled!”   

You see, the most important Meal-of-the-Day is the spiritual dish being served by Jesus! As silly humans, we think what Obama (or someone else) says is the meal-of-the-day!  [COLLECTIVELY, WE CAN PRAY FOR THESE NUTS WHO ARE LEADING US INTO STRANGE TERRITORIES AND GOD WILL TURN THEM AROUND OR LOOSE!  Now, we have more jobs being cut than ever before.] When you are in Church and the WORD of GOD is going forth, don’t let your mind drift to eating hamburgers, fried catfish with hot sauce, french fries, potatoe salad, steaks, turkey legs and dressing, fried chicken and cornbread!  That’s the enemy (the devil) intruding upon the  “spiritual food”  being served to you!  For this reason, Jesus told Martha, “Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her…”

Many of us are just like Martha?  In fact, I think the Lord is talking to Constance Lee!  Many times, I get agitated, anxious, and worry for nothing.  Do you? I never ask others to do chores or tasks that I will not personally perform. BUT, I get agitated when others take their sweet time about getting things done! For instance,  I’ll say, “WHAT’S TAKING YOU SO LONG…I DON’T HAVE ALL YEAR!”

Let’s look at another Scripture concerning worry and anxiety. The Gospel of Matthew 6:25-26 states,  “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink: nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?”   There now, we have GOD’S Word on worrying and anxiety. In other words, YOU CAN’T FIX NOTHING! Take it easy, give all your problems to the Lord, shut up, believe, and pray. The LORD will work it out!

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “When You Talk to JESUS – BELIEVE!

The BIBLE states,  “Then said Martha unto JESUS, LORD if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died…”  (John 11:21)  It is not enough to just talk, pray, and fast – you’ve got to believe! If you’re lucky to get a personal interview with Jesus, don’t say stupid things. You don’t run up to Jesus (or pray) as if there is no hope, healing, or future.  Instead, “When You Talk to JESUS – BELIEVE!”   

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We all know that Lazarus was sick but  Jesus (who loved Lazarus) said, “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”  (John 11:4)  Thus, HE knew that Lazarus was sick, would die, and be buried for four days – that was the PLAN! Make no mistake about it as the Lord knows everything about us including the number of hairs on our heads, our sicknesses and diseases, and our dates with death.

I know it sounds harsh, but the Lord will allow things to come upon us in order to get our attention. What? If you refuse to listen and obey the Lord, HE WILL GET YOUR ATTENTION!  Would you rather put your trust completely in a medical doctor, a psychiatrist, a quack (prescribing all kinds of drugs for you to take), or place your trust in JESUS? You do know that HE is a healer, deliverer, and the necessary medicines you need all wrapped into ONE!

Miss Martha (Lazarus’ sister) did not have complete faith as she said,  “I know that Lazarus shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day…”  Look what JESUS said,  ”I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE: he that believeth in ME THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, yet shall he LIVE…Believest thou this?” What powerful words!

Now, lets examine Miss Martha’s answer.  She said,  “Yea Lord, I believe that Thou art the Christ….”  But lets look at what Miss Martha did not say!  Martha should have said,  “Yes, I believe, You are the resurrection and the life and that Lazarus will live if You call him back from the dead…please raise my brother right now, Lord!”   This may sound silly to you, but we’ve got to get to that place of FAITH in CHRIST JESUS in order to move the mountains in our lives and to work miracles!  Bare in mind that “…faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen…”

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “This is YOUR Season and Time!”

The BIBLE states,  TO every  thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)   We have time for every thing, except for JESUS!   On our off days, we lounge around the house looking like fright night, refuse to shower or bathe, watch T.V., call our friends, nortariously answer Emails (as if we are paid too), and surf the Internet for pleasure.  Yet, we save the LORD for the finale!  By night fall, its time to sleep – we’re so tired!  Please recognize,  “This is YOUR Season and Time!   Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.  What are you going to do about it?

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Any of us could have been born in a previous century! If you are a farmer, you could have been born in a time without tractors and other machinery! Imagine, getting up at 4:00 A.M. to work the land with your wife, a 13 year old son, a six year old daughter, one cow, one plow, and a barking dog. Shall we go back further in time to the Garden of Eden? Remember Cain (the wicked son of Adam & Eve) who slew his righteous brother, Abel? After Abel’s righteous blood cried to Heaven, the Lord GOD came down to question and to punish Cain. God asked, “Where is Abel thy brother?”  Because of Adam & Eve, mankind had fallen from the Age of Innocence  and  Cain was the first murderer!  Although the topic is controversial, Cain is an excellent example of that time and season. I cannot tell you the exact hour, day, or year this murder was committed;  but, it is recorded in the Bible and the Word of God is true!

Moving on, the WORD says,  “To every thing there is a season and time…under Heaven…”  Safely, we conclude the following: “…there is a time to be born and to die…to plant and to pluck up…to kill and to heal…to break down and to build up…to weep and to laugh…to mourn and to dance…to cast away stones and to gather stones…to embrace and to refrain from embracing…to get and to lose…to keep and to cast away…to rend and to sew…to keep silent and to speak…to love and to hate…a time of war and of peace…”

THIS IS YOUR SEASON and TIME!  You only get one life to live and then you die. However, the Lord GOD will resurrect you and you will stand in judgment before HIM.  Only what you do for CHRIST will last and your works will be tried by GOD’S Fire. You do know that this World will be burned-up (destroyed) with fire?  All of your wealth, accumulations, cars, investments, assets, apartment buildings, banks, boats, clubs, yachts, collector items, and storage facilities will be incinerated like the flames of Babylon’s fiery furnace. Use your time wisely!

Have a Blessed Day!