Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Season of Thanksgiving

Millions of people from around the world will gather at the table to give thanks for life, health, family & friends, and of course the food.

What are you thankful for? How has God blessed you this week, month, or year? Have you ever testified of His goodness? What has stopped you from sharing His love for you with someone else? Your testimony must be heard.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. [Psalms 100:4 KJV]

As we sit at a table covered in food and surrounded by family and friends, I pray that you remember God’s many blessings upon you. Remember to always thank God, not just on this day but always. Most importantly, remember to thank Him publicly so that others may know that He is still the King of our lives, He is the alpha and omega, and that he continues to keep His promise–to provide for His children.

Let us also remember the less fortunate. Those who may be without shelter, family, love, hope, or food. Let us always continue to fulfill our Christian duty to our fellow man.

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. [Matthew 25:35-36,  40KJV]

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The Shopping List

With Christmas just one month away, more and more Christians are not only in the stores for gifts–they’re also shopping for a mate. As the winter season inches towards us and the last of the leaves fall from the trees, an increasing number of single men and women are looking for companionship.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. [Genesis 2:18 KJV]

In Genesis 2, Adam was responsible for the Garden of Eden. He had named all of the animals and began to notice a pattern. They were all paired–all except him. It didn’t take long for God to create a female companion for Adam, named woman and later Eve.

Companionship is an experience that is wanted by many. There are even those who pray for Jesus Christ to delay His second coming, because they haven’t found their soulmate, gotten married, and had children. The pressures of society and our peers have enabled us to be selfish, lustful, and in hot pursuit of “the one.”

How many of us have decided to take matters into our own hands? How many have even drafted a list of qualities? There’s nothing wrong with the list, but many of us have replaced reality with fantasy. For women, we want a tall, handsome man who is charming, has a car, earns a high salary, and takes care of his family. For men, they want an intelligent woman with a great body, who can cook, and knows how to care for children. He or she may be right in front of us, but because we are not willing to be open-minded and reasonable adults, we remain blind and alone.

Our guide to life, or the bible, we are given examples of what happens to those who have chosen to aggressively pursue their wants and not their needs instead of trusting and waiting on God.  Though we may “know” we want this and that, God already saw the outcome of our choices. God gave us free will, he isn’t a dictator. He will do everything in His power to help us avoid pitfalls, but we have to be willing to obey Him.

Let’s take for instance the story of  King David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. David was king of Israel, a nation that was in battle. While his army was away, he remained home. One night, he saw Bathsheba, a married woman whose husband, Uriah was fighting for Israel and King David. Regardless of that, King David slept with Bathsheba and impregnated her. He later tried to cover it up by sending for Uriah and hoping he would sleep with his wife, but he didn’t. Instead, King David had him sent back into the battle and placed in the front lines where it was certain death. Bathsheba mourned the death of her husband, married King David, and later bore his son.

And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. [2 Samuel 11:27 KJV] And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. [2 Samuel 12:13-14 KJV]. And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. [2 Samuel 12:24 KJV]

God allowed the child to die because he was conceived through adultery, but God bless David’s second son, Solomon who later succeeded his father as king of Israel. In 1 Kings 11, Solomon followed in his father’s footsteps and had many wives, which displeased God.

But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: …And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart….And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice…[1 Kings 11:1, 3, 9 KJV].

Not everything that is pleasing to our five senses, especially sight, is good for us. Sometimes it’s just better to avoid temptation and walk away for the sake of our souls and peace of mind. Sadly, too many of us fall victim to our wants and desires. We fail to place God’s wants and desires for our lives before our own. In the end, we’re the ones who reap what we sow.

No shopping list can guarantee the right mate for you. The height or size of one’s bank account cannot accurately reflect true happiness. If God has not revealed to you who he or she is, it’s better to wait. You won’t always have the opportunity to receive store credit, a full refund, or let alone make an exchange.

Choose Today, Whom Ye Will Serve

Blackberry vs. iPhone. Facebook vs. Myspace.  American Idol vs. America’s Next Top Model. Jay -Z vs. Kanye West.

Whether it’s television, social media,  music, or the latest toy in technology,  Christians have vowed their loyalty to the things of the world and not Christ.

How many of us have used these communication tools for our own personal and selfish gain and not for ministry? How many of us spend more time on the materialistic and worldly things rather than in God’s word? Lastly, how many of us have yet to realize that we have switched teams altogether?

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. [Luke 16:13 KJV]

Time and time again, we have told not asked God to take a back seat while we engage in the things that please us. Every day, we find ways to put Christ in the background and not at the forefront where He belongs. Christ is no longer the driver, but the backseat passenger with no input whatsoever on the direction our lives ought to take. It has become second nature to us that we don’t even realize that it’s a problem to begin with.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. [Exodus 20:3 KJV]

History has a funny way of sharing the lessons that our ancestors have learned the easy way —or the hard way. Despite our unrestricted access to the recollections of the past, we freely choose to fall victim to the very same traps.

Choose today, whom ye will serve. There has to come a point in our lives, when we must stop and think. Realize that the things and people we cherish the most, can and will perish. Realize that the activities we enjoy, can only provide you with temporary pleasure. There is nothing as everlasting as the love of Christ or the salvation He has promised us.

Why have we as Christians become so foolish, putting our lives in the things that cannot offer us a lifetime guarantee or warranty. Have we forgotten that anything manmade is doomed to perish–doomed to fail. Only God is constant, reliable, solid, unbreakable.

Open your eyes and see the things of the world and in the world will come to an end. Just be careful not to become a part of that final chapter.