The power of the word of God

e36af0c04fa9225838913b352ac04a45Have you ever heard someone say: “I was reading the bible and the words appeared to come alive to me, right off the paid” They almost sound a little spooky don’t they..Like those super spiritual people, you know the kind…You know the ones who are “oversaved” Those who would probably say something like: “Would you happen to know where the water fountain is? and they say “I only get thirsty for the Lord” or what about  Could you help me find my keys? “You need the keys to the kingdom” We would probably put them in that category…but there may truly be some spiritual bearing to this one statement: “The bible is alive”. There’s no other statement I would give credence to.
In my house I have more than 30 bibles…I have collected them for years..I have commentaries, and I have many resources such as handbooks etc…but the most powerful book I have ever opened by far…is the bible..
In the promise for the day we find that he word of the Lord is great and powerful, it will last from age to age..God will honor this word above His own name.

What does it mean when it says: The word of God? We hear many different words all throughout the day, those words have no life in them. We read words throughout the day, what’s so different about the word of God?
When I was a little girl, my mother wasn’t the best christian I could mention..but one thing she taught me from the time I was very young was this..”You don’t play with God” She taught me that even if you just pass a church, you don’t pass it any kinda old way, if your walking or riding by a church you always remember to honor God. Now maybe you can live however you want once you pass that area but you always remember that He’s holy and He’s set apart and when it came down to The bible my mother taught me that it is a very sacred book. I could remember being a young child sitting in the church, someone had given me a bible, we didn’t go often but when I got this bible it was like a treasure to me. I rubbed it, afraid to open it..I had to pray and ask God to forgive me for any sins so that I didn’t play with Him nor His word because I realized I needed Him.. it’s amazing to think we live in a society that people don’t open bibles we open apps just as easily as anything else..and there’s no reverence no knowledge of the power that’s within this book..That’s why the movie “The book of Eli” was so powerful to me..I mean it wasn’t one I’d recommend to anyone..but the fact that Denzel Washington would guard this book with his very life and read it every day and memorize it from beginning to end…did you see how invincible he appeared, they would shoot at him with real bullets and wouldn’t hit him, and even when he was shot, he still was able to deliver the word where it needed to be and “complete his mission” Isn’t the power of that book in that movie amazing, it wasn’t like any other book remember the bad guy even knew it’s “power” but he wanted to use it for some other evil reason..to corrupt people. These are the very “words of God” that is what it’s saying…not the words of man, they were authored by man but written/inspired by God..

So the next time you open the word of God..please remember these brief promises as I close:

#1. It’s living.. it’s not dead,  there’s life giving power in it..quick.

#2 It’s active- operative, and effectual…energy

#3. Sharper than any 2 edged sword- It cuts more precisely than the sharpest sword you’ve ever seen

#4 It divides Soul/spirit, joint and marrow-  It gets down to the core and deal with it

#5. It judges thoughts and intentions of the heart

 

These are all very powerful truths that we can set as a sure foundation of our lives each time we take a look into this powerful book remember it is a treasure above all others and more than that..it gives us life each time we spend time in it!

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Becoming a Son

John_1-12 Does anything about you resemble anything about your parents. Some traits we get by DNA right, it’s found in our genes, when we’re first born, it’s amazing just walking into the baby nursery at the hospital sometimes it’s hard to distinguish which family we’re in, all the babies seem about the same right, no direct resemblance of any parent in particular, yet as we grow up we realize we start to bear a resemblance to not only our parents but sometimes our grandparents, aunts or even uncles.. wait a moment my fingers are just like my dad’s you say,  my toes are a little like my mom, and my hair the texture is different from my mom’s I have my dad’s mom’s  texture of hair that’s pretty neat, I’m my dad’s color and my mom is lighter complexion…We start seeing these similarities in our behavior as well as we grow up. Similarities in how we do things, for instance: my mother sang to me and was always happy when she woke up in the morning, instead of that making me an angry person taking on my own trait, I sing to my children now when they wake up in the morning, simply because it’s what I’ve experienced and I would just about bet they’ll choose to do the same thing even though sometimes my daughter looks at me like “it’s 6a” she waves her hands and goes downstairs, my son gets up and gives me a hug.

This promise is so powerful because it states:
“But as many as received Him, He gave them the right to become Children Of God, even to those who believe in His name.”

What is this verse really saying, is it saying that all I have to do is accept Jesus into my heart and I am just like Him instantaneously?

well obviously not, for in another passage found a few books later in Romans Paul teaches that if we are led by God we are the Son’s of God. But when we accept/receive Jesus….
let’s just break this one down a little further, let’s say it’s the Christmas party at your job, and all the people that work at your job have planned to bring someone a gift, but you don’t know the party is today…Right before lunch one of your co-workers from another department, on another floor whom you hadn’t had a chance to talk to very often brings you a beautifully wrapped gift. When the person hands you the gift, what’s the first thing you think? Is it that you don’t know them so your not taking a gift from them? Is it that you feel embarrassed you didn’t bring a gift for anyone so your not going to participate and refuse to take it? or do you say…ah, thanks so much for thinking of me…and you take the gift, put it on your desk? All of these choices you actually have in the moment your presented the gift.

If you just choose to take the gift, well, then you have another choice don’t you? You can simply sit the gift on your desk and never open it, you wanted to be polite and say yes, but you really don’t feel worthy enough to open the gift since you didn’t bring one for anyone else. You won’t get to enjoy that really expensive $500,000.00 necklace they bought you and you actually now have in your possession. so you don’t have the privilege to wear it. You have a right to do all of these things with the gift. But if you take the gift home with you and open it either on Christmas day or at that time, you will find that this gift is something you would cherish and put in a special place and you’ll wear it when the correct occasion comes up..but you will never have that privilege if you never open the gift would you.
It is the same with becoming a child/ Son Of God…. You see, if you never open the gift you don’t experience what it offers..

Let’s say in my earthly dad’s family there’s been a line of men who lose their sight at a certain age, because they don’t have very good healthcare and while the issue starts out as something minor because they don’t go to see about it..they lose sight as a consequence, but my brother chooses to use the gift of healthcare and he goes to the doctor every year to have his sight checked and as soon as they see a little problem arising they fix it because he chose to use the gift of healthcare he got the benefit of keeping his sight..

There are many benefits that come along with opening up the bible and letting it teach you what it means to be a Son Of God. You will be greatly astounded when you begin to unlock all the gifts open and use them. You will realize your true value, Your true worth, Your true potential… and You will do great things here while you have time on earth.

So the promise for today comes from John 1:12

If you will receive/accept/ take this gift called Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for you on the cross, you will have a “right” to become a child/Son of God or led by the Spirit of God and no longer live in a place of flesh/sin/ worldly passions…

True Honor

imagesSo, many of you may not know this..when I was 21 years old I went into the military, army branch. I was so excited to be able to serve my country…I took a battery of test to make sure I was fit for service..at this center in New Orleans called MEPS center where they run a battery of test on you, it’s like a long drawn out process, just to see if you are physically able to serve in the US military..thankfully, I was and still am in perfect shape…I was a perfect candidate..Perfect sight, perfect weight.. no defects that could prevent me from performing to full capacity..But that was before I left…I had no idea what I was in for..I was being “set up” I do mean that literally.. when I got to Fort Sill Oklahoma my life changed. I could sense it when I stopped seeing any form of civilization after awhile headed to boot camp. I’d packed up all my stuff from the former life thinking..This’ll just be another extension of my right now..I will still be able to wear the same clothes..and shoes and it will just be living in a different place. No body informed me..there would be rules…and I would have to abide by them if I were to stay in the “army of one” military branch..that’s what they called us..
Literally I was in a new family…Everyone had  a different last name..but we were all considered ONE… if one person cut up…everyone was punished.
My life changed in that I was no longer  able to “Sleep in” I was ordered to do PT early in the morning and there were drills I had to do everyday. I wasn’t allow to live like a slob either they forced me to learn discipline and how to be neat and tidy and look good since we had a day in the week we actually shined our boots..that’s right we didn’t live by our own schedule.we did what “the new family” did..

I won’t belabor my point I’m sure you get it..but in the entrance of time I will wrap up this blog.

In Promise #14 Jesus clearly points out that If any man serves Him..something amazing will happen…First, they will be His servant, and second they will be honored by His Father..
That’s an amazing promise we can hang our hats on today..

But that word serve is so potent..As in the picture above a soldier doesn’t just serve for one day to get honored..he serves for a lifetime. A soldier is committed to a cause that’s not his own and many times is not treated like a civilian but is engaged in different affairs..A servant knows that his reward comes from a different place but his call is to make a difference here on earth as long as possible. I truly believe to serve God means the same thing.. like when I went into the military..things changed..and drastically…for those who stick with the course…they must realize their honor may not come here…from others on earth…but they can be assured it will come..that’s a promise

Ruined Character

Bad companyWhen I was a young girl, I never understood why my mother would tell me…”Show me your friends, and I’ll show you who you are.” You see birds of a  feather really do “flock together”  It could have better been said..”Show me your friends and I’ll show you where your headed” Environment does matter.. If I placed an acorn seed on a table, I will be really sorry if I expected that seed to become an oak tree. It’s all of an oak tree, a forest even…but I will never see that manifest for one reason, it’s not in the right environment.

I heard story after story last weekend of a school down in South Dallas, I’m not saying all schools are like this, but this one was, in speaking with a former teacher I learned that those children have had people run through their school that robbed a bank across the street, they’ve had dead people in their parking lot, they’ve even come to school to see people with drawn guns out in the parking lot. After awhile they grow numb to it and it becomes their normal. Sadly, those children have desensitized themselves and are more prone to commit crime themselves. That my friend is dangerous, whenever your child is used to seeing crime and death all around them and they don’t see people going forward in life and one of their friends is the one whose mama was in the parking lot either dead or with the gun..I don’t know that their turn out would be as good as the child living in Lake Highlands or Highland Park or even Frisco DISD …because they are totally and completely different environments and the type of people they will get to be around will have had a different set of experiences. While those things still happen, it’s not all right before them.

I’m not saying we should only try to live in upper class neighborhoods so our children could go to good schools, I’m giving an example that environment does play a role.
I don’t mean to be preaching to the choir..but the 12th promise comes from 1 Cor 15:33 “Do not be deceived, bad company ruins good character”

In other words don’t let anyone mislead you or lead you astray on this one truth. In this time there were many who didn’t believe in the resurrection, (unbelievers) and the Corinthian church was wanting to hang out with them thinking they could learn a bit of worldly wisdom and add that to their godly relationship.What this is teaching us is this: If we choose to hang out with people that aren’t as we are (christian) then it’s more than likely they will persuade us their way and not the other way around, since we used to have the sin nature we cannot walk in thinking we will win them over by going and doing what they do.

We must carefully examine our friendships realizing that they dictate our influences.I will leave you with an example today..I have a handful of friends I call when I need advice, I can gauge by their spiritual maturity how they will respond to me, if they will tell me what I need to hear which is the word of God on the matter to confirm my hunch or if they will tell me the worldly wisdom and I can gauge who to call by what they will say and if they have been successful in that area. For instance if I have a question regarding my children, since I don’t have a husband in my home at the moment, I need to get clear perspective on an issue from another person whose already raised a son or daughter in a godly home, otherwise I might get advice that leads me and my son down the wrong way, amazingly that even means the books we read. All ways of influence.

I’m reading a book now on “how to say it to boys” While I’m trying to raise a man, as a woman. I realize there are some things I’m not going to get right this season, so I consult books sometimes of father’s who’ve raise sons but even in consulting literature I would highly advice you to be selective..they all aren’t given sound advice. If you have good moral and character don’t give yourself to a person who has no morals and character, you will learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Being Heard

dbf95170b5b1265597208b25f8493204Why do you think prayer service is the least attended service by most churches?  after all aren’t people flocking to service on Sunday’s and for me Saturday’s … Even the bible study group can sometimes be more full .. sometimes it seems even pastors have given up on “prayer nights” even though prayer is one of the most powerful practices to  build on, seeing Jesus say “My house shall be called a house of prayer” They (the pastors) want gatherings that will draw more than 800 people, you know everything is by the numbers these days, if there’s no productivity why do it? By & large the prayer night is the time where least people show up and I believe that’s due to several reasons:

Firstly, I think that people have tried prayer and they have deemed somewhere in their imagination that it simply doesn’t work. Secondly, I don’t think we as a people truly understand the power of prayer and what it really means to do it. Thirdly, without a clear understanding of what prayer is I think it is misused a lot and therefore people don’t receive what they have asked. Bottom line few people still really believe prayer works, and few people really stand on the promises of God as infallible immutable and always truth because many people feel they have been let down by God.

This verse is a promise I believe we can hang out hats on and it’s a good check so we can take it to the bank and cash it.

1 Jn 5:14-15 says This is the  CONFIDENCE…

The reason I emphasized confidence is because this is an individual thing that we each must have..The team can’t have confidence as a whole, the whole team must have confidence…that means cheerful courage, bold assurance. If this is absent the prayer probably won’t be answered. Then we have to see what the confidence is we should have when we pray..we should have confidence that if we are coming to God and asking Him something according to His will, He does hear us. There’s no need in thinking your prayer went to the ceiling and walking away unchanged by the fact that you shared your issue with Him but didn’t  give it completely to Him. When we pray, we should have a confidence, if we are in a working daily relationship with God our Father as His children, and are praying ACCORDING TO HIS WILL…Let’s deal with that ..because here’s where I believe a lot of us ask amidst. We pray for things for our own pleasure and fulfillment. We want the increase at the job and the promotion…and there’s nothing wrong with that, but we want the promotion someone else just got. We want the spouse, forget that it’s someone else’s spouse. We want the children, forget that it’s the twins the neighbor just had… We want it, so we ask God..and we fail to run it through the grid of what’s in His will. We can have confidence when we know we are praying according to His will…this simply means if you are married and your praying to have children, your right in the center of His will, if your unmarried and you desire a spouse and not a sugar daddy or a hook up, good news your praying according to His will. If your wanting a promotion at work so your praying for extra money so you can be more of a giver, take more mission trips and bless others..well that’s according to His will. If your purpose is aligned with God’s be assured and bold in the fact that He has heard you when you have prayed..That’s the promise for today, if you pray anything according to His will He Hears…so this would suggest that if your not praying according to His will, He doesn’t hear you.

We can never manipulate God like a division fraction, He won’t flip on what He knows is best for you. He’s a good Father. The next verse Goes on to say, IF we know that He hears us we know that we have whatever we have asked..
Isn’t that amazing confidence..I thought that was powerful. When I get up off of my knees knowing I’ve poured my heart out to God..according to His word..I can get up KNOWING He has not only heard..but I have the thing I’ve asked…and my dear this is what we call “the Life of Faith”!

The bible is replete with promises on prayer..that if we would humble ourselves, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways He would hear, forgive and heal our land..the bible has a lot to say on the power of prayer so much so that when 2 or 3 gather in His name He will promise to be in the midst of them..but that’s tomorrow’s promise..so I’m giving you the promises for the next few days..but here’s the truth if we were to make an end to this blog…Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do..and the most important thing we can do..if we spent time praying the time was never wasted for much prayer means much power, while little prayer means little power and no prayer…well…just pray!

Seeking and Finding

91021013_thinkstockphotos-517519673Have you ever played hide and seek before…isn’t it one of the coolest games, you know the faces of the people in the game and you know where they are at that moment…..but there’s a catch, you have to close your eyes and turn around while the target moves while you count to 10 or even 20… When you open your eyes again, no one appears to be in plain sight, but you have to find them, because even though you can’t see them they are somewhere in the area and didn’t go too far.

What’s funny is most the people your looking for are hiding in plain sight, you just have to seek them out and you will find them if you seek carefully and diligently.

Isn’t that how life sometimes is? We go about seeking things, you may be seeking a promotion at work, you may be seeking marriage, you may be seeking to have a baby by a certain age, and you may be seeking to have peace, you may be seeking out the best physician to do your operation. There are lots of things we go in search of. Yet there’s one thing I love about the word Promise, if you have a trustworthy person making the promise you can stake your life on it. This promise found in Luke 11:10 is given in a context I must explain to you before you go thinking you can just ask for that other ladies husband or you can go and sabotage that person at work to get that position you seek, or you can go steal that baby from the hospital.

The verse says…Everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks the door will be opened…. but before that…in the context Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray. This was the promise He gave them, just as a friend would go to another friend’s house at 2 in the morning to get bread for company that came to him unexpected, if that person kept asking even though the friend said no..they would receive it. He’s not saying that we have to Keep asking God for things..for He just told them the way to pray is…to say Our Father…so that wouldn’t put God in the category as friend, so we are taking into account the person asking is a child of the person being asked. Now let’s move on for time sake…… The context tells us that if a son goes to his father and asks for fish that child shouldn’t expect to get a snake should he? (emphasis mine) and the same thing is true for our Heavenly Father, it is His good pleasure to give us the Holy Spirit whom was sent as a comforter upon Jesus departure to sit at the Father’s right hand.

So, how does this verse tie in well to getting that promotion, getting that spouse, getting that child you desperately want, even that job…

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and all these things will be added, for He knows what you need before you ever ask for it..and is more than willing to supply all the things you need even the things you want..but you must learn that the things you should seek shouldn’t be things at all..But relationship with Him..then all the things your seeking may or may not come but it won’t any longer matter because He will become to you at that point everything you need and should He decide to add to you that promotion knowing what’s best for you, He will.. etc.

 

Ordered steps

I know you’ve heard of it. I know you’ve thought about it before. I am talking about this issue called “Free will”. If we can be “predestined” or even “Ordained” to something. Is all that stuff really real? And if it is….what exactly does the bible say about it? I know I’ve thought of these questions before and when I have questions there are some that are answered clearly in the bible, those I settle in my heart but my philosophy is if the bible doesn’t address it, I have no comment either.

On the topic of Ordered steps, we see a beautifully clear promise here, it says in Ps. 37:23 “That every step of a righteous man is ordered by God, and He delights in his way”. Now we can read this many ways, but there are some things we will all see in the text.
Firstly, it speaks of a certain person whose steps are ordered. That person is a good or righteous person. That would be a person who has delighted himself in the Lord or chosen Yahweh to be his refuge.
Secondly, we see exactly how many steps for that righteous person are ordered. All of them, not half, not some, not when he’s acting in a certain way. They are all ordered..
Thirdly, we see who is doing the ordering. So we can rightly observe from this text these 3 things put together If the person is righteous (in right standing with God) every step, along the journey of his life, the decisions he makes which leads him to a certain destiny, they are Ordered by God. And if we can gather these things from this text we might have a basis to order that the “predestination” matter does exist. But how do we do that..when we would have to then say there’s no such thing as “Free will”

I will end with this illustration.

Let’s say I am sitting for a family evening of Checkers with one of my 2 daughters or my son. As we are playing I already know what my strategy is, and that determines what moves I will make, but one other thing I know is their  strategy, they are mine, and they did come from me, and were raised with me. So even though I’m not going to tell them which checker to move, I can accurately predict which checker they will move and exactly where. I know it because I know them and their nature, because I named them, I chose to give birth to them, and I trained them, they are a part of my family, and sometimes we have some of the same traits as our parents which lead us to the same destination unless we choose to clearly go another way and take ourselves out of the family we have been placed in.

So it is with God… He knows His own children by name. For this particular scripture alone I’m making my argument, so if you want to talk to a theologian that is perfectly fine, but my point is this: The promise I’m settling in my heart is just as He carried the Israelites through the wilderness on eagles wings, and just as He set David’s feet on a rock after taking him out of the pit, just as He led Paul not to go to that city when he wanted to go. Our steps can be ordered by the Lord when we are walking freely before Him daily. Now unto Him who is able to keep my foot from stumbling.

For further reference Jer. 10:23 and Pr 16:9 talks about God ordering steps and who the steps that are ordered are…Now we have enough information from God’s word to build a block to settle in our hearts.