Worldwide News: “IT IS T-I-M-E TO GET RIGHT!”

The BIBLE states,   “…To day, if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke…” (Hebrews 3:15) Unbelief is a terrible thing which affects every area of our lives and at different intervals and levels. For instance, if you are engaged to be married, you have belief that your mate is faithful to you. Who in the World wants an unfaithful fiancée or fiancé?  If the betrothed is still seeing other people or collecting new phone numbers, something is wrong.  Amen! For certain, the honest partner will say, “IT IS T-I-M-E TO GET RIGHT!”   

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

As Christians, we are married to the Lord GOD. Although we are in a relationship with the HIM, we fall out of fellowship from time to time. In other words, we do thangs our way (which are contrary to the Lord).  For instance, we don’t always attend church on a regular basis because we have to:   go on a picnic or ball game; wash the car on Sunday (as if  the car is gonna cry out); meet a new somebody at Starbucks;  get to the Early Bird sale at the Mall; or whatever. So, we make excuses! In our minds, we are released from failing to do what we know is right to do! Furthermore, we tell ourselves, God understands!

My question is this: DO YOUR JUSTIFICATIONS  LINE UP WITH THE WORD OF GOD?  This is the question that every human being should be asking himself or herself.  I don’t care where you live,  who’s YO Daddy and Mama, and/or how much money you make!  Your time here on Earth is precious!  None of us knows what tomorrow or the next week will bring.  However, the LORD wants us to first trust in HIM; then, we can enjoy ourselves and the fruits of our labor.  

If you are breathing, then, you are alive. Whether or not you are chronically ill or not, you ain’t dead (not yet!). Whether or not you are in perfect health, reasonably well, not feeling-so-well, or whatever the case may be you need to pay attention to this next point. 

The BIBLE states,  “Let every thing that hath  breath  Praise the Lord.” So, “IT IS TIME TO GET RIGHT” …”STAY RIGHT”…and…“PRAISE THE LORD!”  When? T-O-D-A-Y as tomorrow may be too late!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: Part Two: “WORTHLESS (Belial) SONS & DAUGHTERS!”

The BIBLE states,  “… for he (Nabal) is such a son of Belial that a man cannot speak to him…” (I Samuel 25:17)   Do you have sons and daughters that you cannot relate too?  If you say this, they say that!  No matter what you do, they are not satisfied and they label you out-of-date (a relic)!  WAKE-UP PARENTS!  WAKE UP PEOPLE!   Take off your pink shades and deal with these bums and be Biblically correct!  Therefore, we must be truthful to ourselves and attach the right sticker, “Worthless (Belial) Sons and Daughters.”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Do you know people like Nabal?  Without question, there are people who refuse to do right. Possibly, you may have a biological or adopted son(s) and/or daughter(s) who fit this mold. They seem to be ass-backwards. Maybe they were good as little children, but they have grown up to be something else and people you don’t understand. You cannot talk to them about anything as they know everything and they refuse to listen to any reasoning but they want YO money!  They are pre-judgmental and antagonistic about everything and everybody!

For whatever reason, the Nabal’s of the World are blinded by personal prejudices, ungratefulness, unloving, unthankfulness, make racial slurs, block hiring practices, make unnecessary laws (policies and procedures) to hinder others and conspire, make ugly wills and false statements to prevent rightful heirs, and they do many, many ugly things which are unspeakable to lower the esteem of others (as they have low self-esteem).

However, I want you to know there is a GOD in Heaven and HE takes vengeance upon the Nabal’s of the World. More so, GOD hears the voice of His people! For this reason, GOD’S justice is far greater and more severe than man’s justice. Let’s look at Nabal’s end! Although David spared Nabal’s life, GOD TOOK IT!  David was ready, willing, and able to kill Nabal.  However, Abigail entreated David and he backed down!  When Abigail returned home, she found Nabal engaged in a feast for a king – his heart was merry and he was drunk as a skunk! The very next day (after his fiesta), Abigail told Nabal about her visit to David’s camp! Then, Nabal’s heart turned to stone and died within him!

You see, GOD allows the Nabal’s of the World to get heart attacks, strokes, cancer, terrible diseases, as well as they go through many trials and tribulations. How many Nabal’s do you know who are worst off than ever?  Some of them have lost everything (including their good looks as they look like the little bird Woodstock in the “Peanuts Cartoon”).  There is no escape from God’s Wrath!  In fact, money and/or all the tea in China cannot save anyone or buy “good” health. Don’t be misled by “Worthless (Belial) Sons and Daughters!”   If you do not fit this mold, Praise the Lord!  As Christians and humans, we are subject to sickness, trials, and tribulations; but the LORD is able to deliver us and HE will let us us down more easier than sinners! If you are not a Christian (or if you are a backslider), ask the Lord to forgive you, repent, and make an about-face-toward JESUS!

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: Part One: “WORTHLESS (Belial) SONS & DAUGHTERS!”

The BIBLE states, “… for he (Nabal) is such a son of Belial that a man cannot speak to him…”   (I Samuel 25:17)  It was not a stranger who called Nabal  “worthless, lawless, wicked, and a fool”  it was his wife, Abigail.  Likewise, we must take ownership of the truth and stop looking at life through pink glasses.  If people are out-of-fellowship with GOD, they are sinners and this ain’t alright!  When you know people are sinning, do not give them a high-five saying, “You cool…You ain’t so bad…You just kind-of-this or that…”  The Golden Rules include all of us!  If you break GOD’S Word you are out-of-the game but there is forgiveness – if you ask for it!  There is an old saying,  “…call a spade a spade…”   Therefore, we must be truthful to ourselves and attach the right sticker,  “Worthless (Belial) Sons and Daughters.”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

In this story, Nabal was married to Abigail  (“…a beautiful woman with good understanding…”)  and he was a man of great wealth with obedient servants.  But, Nabal (as his name suggests) was a “worthless, wicked, lawless,confrontational, and biggy-big-time fool.” Although David was not yet king of Israel, he had an Army and destitute followers to feed (as he lived in the wilderness in strong holds, in caves, and in mountains). For this reason, David sent ten men requesting provisions from Nabal. Unfortunately, Nabal played stupid saying, Who is David…shall I take my bread, my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers and give it unto men whom I know not whence they be?”   (I Samuel 25:10-11) 

Nabal represents everyone who is self-centered, conceited, unsympathetic, possessor of a stony heart, and out-of-fellowship with GOD!  The BIBLE labels Nabal “…as a son of Belial…”  Thus, Nabal was a godless man and unacquainted with the ALMIGHTY GOD. Nabal was unable to do unto others as he would have others do unto him and he did not esteem others more highly than himself!    

Unlike Nabal, Abigail was caring and compassionate (aside from other assets). Isn’t it strange how one person in a marriage is kind and the other is the opposite. She humbled herself and ran to David with provisions for his people.  Nabal’s servants were kind and honest.  Unlike their master, Nabal’s servants told Abigail, “Behold David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master and he railed on them. But David’s men were a WALL unto us both night and day while we were with them keeping the sheep…the men were very good to us…we were not hurt, neither missed we anything…we were conversant with them when we were in the field…”  (I Samuel 25:14-16)  

See PART II, next BLOG!

Worldwide News: “Walking in the LIGHT!”

The BIBLE states, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of JESUS CHRIST (God’s Son) cleanseth us from all sin.”  (1 John 1:7)  None of us feel comfortable in a pitch black room that’s why we say, “Turn on that light!”  If you hit your big toe against the bed, you will be sorry!  Thus, we all need to be  “Walking in the LIGHT”  and that  special Light  is  JESUS CHRIST!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

I am talking to somebody out there who is walking in the dark,  living in the past, and making the same mistakes over and over. You need to read this Blog and take inventory of the message.

Allow me to make this plain to everybody. Let us say you need to re-paint the outside of your home. The builder did a sloppy job or its just time for a change. After selecting a basic color and one for the trim, you find a painter to negotiate a price and sign a contract.  Will the painter come after 8:00 P.M. to start painting?  or  Do you expect him at 8:00 A.M.? I promise you will act-up (like a monkey) and/or discharge  the painter if he shows at night to start painting!  Certainly, you will ask him,  “Have you lost your mind?”  The painter cannot paint in the dark!  Not only is it a waste of time, he will miss many spots.  He may need to come down off the ladder and get putty or whatever to patch up spots; but he can’t fix what he cannot see!  Likewise, the spots in our lives need fixing and only JESUS CHRIST can do this! 

Well now, some of us are  “Walking in the Dark”  and we refuse to “Walk in the LIGHT!”   We all know there are things done in the dark that we DO NOT want folks to know about.  If you are cheating on your wife or husband, you show don’t want people to know.  If you are looking over your back or watching your rear-view mirror, you are on the look-out for suspicious friends or co-workers who know you and your mate.  If you are running across town to motels/hotels to have sex with someone other than your wife or husband, you are sinning.

Whatever the sinful act or deed is, you need to get out of the dark and get into the LIGHT of JESUS CHRIST! You do know that the darkness will fade at the break of day!  When the Sun comes up, the Moon and Stars fade away! The person you got in bed with (on the previous night) will not look so suavely without their make-up or fresh clothing. In the morning time, he/she may look like “Fright Night.”  The day light will reveal everything.  They may take off falsies, padding,  and other stuff that ain’t part of the fixtures!  May GOD help you on whatever continent you live!

GET into the LIGHT of JESUS CHRIST while it is day!  What does this mean? While you have breath in your body and the blood is flowing in your veins, turn from your wicked ways, and seek the LORD! When you do this,  “…the blood of JESUS CHRIST (God’s Son) cleanseth us from ALL sin.”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “Look Out YOU’RE About To Be TEMPTED!”

The BIBLE states,  “And JESUS being full of the HOLY GHOST returned from Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Being forty days tempted of the devil, and in those days, He did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered…and the devil said unto Him…”  (Luke 4:1-3a)  Do you remember the late Flip Wilson who played “Geraldine” a lady who had a boyfriend named Killer?  Every time Geraldine got herself in trouble she said two things: (1) “Killer gawn get you!”  and  (2) “The devil made me do it!”   Well now,   “Look out YOU’RE About To Be TEMPTED!”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Doctor Luke tells us that Jesus was in full-bloom of His powers,   “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost…”  How real or fuller can you get?  Jesus  can call on legions of Angels, any Planet,  or the entire Universe to defend Him.  JESUS raised the dead, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, fed thousands of hungry people, forgave others – even His accusers and persecutors, led by example, and He did so much more…”   When Jesus was being arrested (in the Garden), HE BLEW ON THE PHARISEES AND GUARDS AND THEY FELL BACKWARDS!  After three-days, JESUS got up out of the grave, emptied Paradise, and ascended to Heaven leading the souls of the Saints (freed from the underworld)!  I rest my case.   

BASICALLY, LIFE IS A TEST OF NERVES!  The devil works on all of us! If the SON of GOD was tempted, what about you and I? Although, Jesus’ blood covers us, it does not mean that we will not be tried, tested and tempted. Our whole lives are a test of this and that.  No matter where you are in life, the devil will tempt you!

(1)   MUNDANE TESTS:  It seems after three or four days, something ugly happens. These tests include ordinary things in our daily lives. For instance: the babysitter agrees to watch the kids but something comes up; the washing or dryer stops; the car needs new tires; the brakes need replacing; somebody gets sick; another bill pops up; you need dental work; you slip and fall in the parking lot or down the stairs; the kids act up in school; your supervisor is on your case; employees take excess time off from work; the dog needs to see the veterinarian but you don’t have the time; Auntie Mame is losing her mind; Mama is mad with you; your wife or husband is angry because you forgot her/his birthday or something else; cousin Bubba is a deranged hill Billy who rejects mental help; or whatever!

(2)   MORAL AND VIRTUE TESTS:  However, the real test of morals and virtues underlines mundane tests!  In fact, moral and virtue testing is on-going from the time you are enlightened, educated (or not), gain understanding (including knowledge and wisdom).  If you have strong character skills, you will not turn to drugs, alcohol, deception, or witchcraft. You can have strong skills (being morally justified) but you may not have  “salvation”  because you are dependent upon “self”  (as you live by certain man-made doctrines, laws, or principles).  

(A)   If you are a CEO, banker, accountant, or partner in a company, the devil will test your integrity. He will tempt you to steal, rob, and or kill for control.  At first, the devil’s designs are simple and easy but it gets twisted (and more twisted) along the way and you cannot get back to where you started. You may find loopholes in the law or other ways to deceive your partner(s), customers, or employees through cheating and lying.

(B)   If you are a teenager, the devil will tell you to make up stories to your parents. You will lie about how and where you spent your allowance: you won’t tell the truth about your friends or where you hang-out…you will buy things which are morally wrong…you will start smoking behind buildings…you may have sex with others (protected or unprotected)…you will develop a negative attitude towards your parents (teachers and others), your grades will get bad, and etc.

Unless you confess JESUS as LORD and SAVIOR, you are on your on,  “Look Out YOU’RE About To Be TEMPTED!”  Not only that, you do not have a “covering.”   In other words, you are solely dependent upon your self.  Won’t you try Jesus?

Have a Blessed Day!

Worldwide News: “When HEAVEN Does Not ANSWER!”

The BIBLE states,   “…all the days of my appointed time will I wait, until my change come…”   (Job 14:14b)  These are Prophet Job’s words and they mean something as Job was afflicted beyond human comprehension.  I’m certain (being tried and tested), Job wondered, “Where is God?”    Paraphrasing,  Job’s wife said,  “What you waiting for Job?  Why don’t you curse God and die?”  Imagine, the person who should be your right arm tells you to blaspheme the Lord and die!   Yet, Job was a  “…perfect and upright man…” and he knew better than to listen to the devil!  [Note:  the enemy will use anybody to upset your apple cart including your wife, Mother, Father, children, and/or best friend.]  Thus,  we should do as Prophet Job,  “When HEAVEN Does Not Answer!”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

We all under go so many, many, many problems, tests, trials, tribulations, suffering, sickness, disease, loss of family members and friends, the loss of jobs, etc.  The list never ends!  Do you have unanswered prayers? Do you feel there is no help for you? Do you feel all alone? Are you unable to tell others what’s really bothering you because they will think less of you? Are you ashamed?  Well join the club!

Whether or not Jesus is your personal Savior, there is one thing we all share “…our appointed time on Earth…”  You are not here by accident and you are here for a reason!  DO NOT FEEL LIKE A PERSONA NON-GRATA! Every day that you breathe air, you should  Praise the Lord  for the good, the bad, and the ugly!  The sun ain’t gonna shine everyday as rain must fall! 

Let us look at king David’s word,  “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life… For in the time of trouble,  HE shall hide me in His pavilion:  in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me;  He shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His Tabernacle sacrifices of joy;  I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.”   (Psalm 27:4-6)

Now let’s put these suggestions to use:

(1)  Every day of your life, you must wait on the LORD and you must believe that HE is able to make the changes happen in your life.  BUT, you’ve got to BELIEVE the LORD is ABLE!  Those who come to the LORD must first believe that HE is a deliverer!  The Lord is a jealous GOD; so you cannot put Him in second place!  If you don’t wait on the LORD, then, you are taking matters into your own hands! Trust me, you DO NOT want to do this!

(2)  While you are waiting, don’t look at your present circumstances. If you do, the devil will make you lose your mind! The enemy will infiltrate your mind with silly questions and slogans, accusations, bad news, depression, and hopelessness. None of these things is attributable to the Christian Believer! God knows that we are human beings. The Bible is very descriptive about Prophet Job’s state of mind and his physical condition.  In fact, Job said, “My soul is weary of my life…”   As a human,  Job was bitter about his circumstances.   No one can blame Job for feeling low; but Job took it to another level by cursing the day he was conceived in his Mother’s womb and born into the World!  Have you ever felt like Job? Do you cuss out people and say ugly things?  Be honest!  Yet, in the end,  Job said,  “…all the days of my appointed time will I wait until my change come…”

(3)  Bare in mind the words of the Sweet-Psalmist of ISRAEL, king David!  Exactly, what did David do in his Time of Trouble?

(a)  David sought after the Lord which means he went looking for Him. David did not wait for the Lord to seek him out! (Notice that David did not go to the whore house or down to the neighborhood tavern looking for solutions!)  Instead, David found refuge in the secret place of God’s tabernacle and he found the Lord in His Temple. So, David hid under the Shadow of the ALMIGHTY GOD! (In the New Testament, Joseph and Mary went looking for Jesus, about 12 years old, who was in His Father’s Temple; so, they found Jesus!  However, Jesus was not being idle or poking around as He was teaching God’s Word to grown men!  Thus, we should live by Jesus’ examples.)

(b)  In reward to David’s faith and obedience, God made him the King of Israel and set him upon a rock (a solid foundation). Thus, David went from being a shepherd boy (attending sheep) to the THRONE of Israel (over GOD’S Chosen People).  (You can be ever so low in spirit and proverty, but God will take you from the streets or gutter and seat you at the head of the table.)  Don’t doubt David’s trials and testing for one minute as David was constantly running for his life, living in caves, sleeping on dirt floors, fighting for his rights, and surrounded by all the undesirable people who were outcasts in society.  Yet, God was with David!  (Naturally, God will be with you,   “…if you abide in HIM and HIS Word abides in you…ask what you will…”) 

(c)  David gave the Lord GOD all the honor and glory by singing and praising His Name.  No body had to make David do this because he wanted to worship the Lord and he did so joyfully!  In spite of the fact that everything wasn’t honky-dory, David kept his eyes upon the Lord GOD ALMIGHTY.  Also, David made GOD the head of his life (not the tail)!

In fact, king David wrote, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff  They comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  (Psalm 23)

In closing,  “When HEAVEN Does Not ANSWER!”  go to the  “fall out shelter”  and  “fall down on your knees”  or  “lay prostrate on your face”  before the Lord GOD ALMIGHTY!  Thus, you can turn your bedroom, living room, den, kitchen, closet, garden, or whatever into a  “fall out shelter.”   Just get some place quiet, let go, and lay everything (and everybody) out before the Lord GOD!

Have a Blessed Day!