FBF: NO DRAMA TODAY!

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Remember this…

Just because someone auditions you for their drama…it doesn’t mean you have to accept the role.

No drama today!


Proverbs 20:3 (NIV)

It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
    but every fool is quick to quarrel.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

TBT: TODAY is TRAINING DAY for the Rest of Your Life!

20161005_221029.pngPsalm 144:1

“Blessed be the Lord my Rock,

Who trains my hands for war,

And my fingers to do battle”

Men and women of God, TODAY IS TRAINING DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES! God is training you for spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:12). Today is another opportunity to get familiar with and get better at using your weapons (Ephesians 6:10-18).

You will be confronted with situations and challenges that will determine not only your future, but the future of those you love and the future of your fruit, you know, those who God assigns to you along the way.

Just like in the movie starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, the new detective (Ethan Hawke) was assigned to a veteran detective (Denzel Washington) for training. The new detective had a good heart, but he was confronted with and partnered with the devil (Denzel) on his first day. The entire day was a string of situations that required Ethan Hawke’s character to make the right decision, and the decision wasn’t always easy. At the end of the day, the decisions made by both determined their future, and the devil tried to sabotage the new detective’s future. Ethan Hawke’s character’s decisions saved his lost, while Denzel Washington’s character’s decisions cost him his life.

Who will you be at the end of the day? Ethan Hawke or Denzel Washington? The devil is trying to sabotage your day. Just as He did Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1-11. He is trying to get you to make decisions in one day to high-jack your future. He goes about as roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). He is trying to steal, kill and destroy your testimony, your fruit and your future. Jesus, Yeshua, the Living Word, has come that you can live an abundant life (John 10:10). But, that abundant life shouldn’t be just thought of carnally. God had called us to be abundant in fruit for the Kingdom, in making disciples and Kingdom building. He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

So be encouraged, you are guaranteed the victory if you walk in the Spirit and are led to make the right decisions throughout the day (Galatians 5:16-18). Remember, that one bad decision at the end of the day can negate all the good decisions made earlier that day.

God is your training officer. He is preparing you for battle (Psalm 144:1). TODAY is your TRAINING DAY. Be strong in the Lord, fight the enemy with the word of God, just as Jesus did in Matthew 4:1-11, and the enemy will flee…but just as he left Jesus until another opportune time, he will be back….Tomorrow will be TRAINING DAY too.

IF GOD DOESN’T CONSIDER ‘TAKING A KNEE’ DISRESPECTFUL TO HIM, WHY SHOULD WE?

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WHEN WE EXPECT MORE THAN GOD DOES…

It’s interesting to me how we sometimes expect more of one another than God expects of us.

Those who are against athletes kneeling during the National anthem complain they are disrespecting the American flag and service men and women who have fought for it.

Those who support kneeling contend it’s a peaceful protest to bring attention to police brutality against African-Americans.

The protest escalated when the President of the United States used his podium and position of authority to call athletes who choose to kneel sons of b*****s. This is not only insulting them but their mothers. It amazes me that so many ‘Christians’  (especially Christian leaders) are not offended at that.

My question is this. Why is kneeling considered disrespectful?


If GOD doesn’t consider ‘taking a knee’ to Him disrespectful…why should we?


God allows us to approach Him kneeling, standing, or sitting.

Do you always stand to honor God when you pray?

Do you always stand before God when you read His word?

Jesus did when He read the scripture publicly in the synagogue…do you ALWAYS do likewise?

Luke 4:16 (NKJV)

 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.

Respecting a flag and the ideal behind is fine, but I will honor NOTHING more than I honor God.

Many of our traditions and expectations aren’t necessarily ordained by God…but merely traditions.

Remember how Jesus constantly rebuked the Pharisees for expecting more from the people than God did. How he rebuked them for being more passionate about traditions than devotion to God and His expectations.

Matthew 15:3 (NKJV)

 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

 In many ways, our country has set traditions that contradict what God commanded.

Think about it…

People are expected to put their hand on a bible and swear an oath to tell the truth when God forbids swearing in that same bible. That makes little since anyway since swearing on a bible means nothing to an unbeliever.

People are expected to take ‘an oath of office’ when God forbids it.

 Matthew 5:33-37 (NKJV)

 33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

We must be careful that we don’t have the spirit of the Pharisees. It’s not fair for one base someone else’s patriotism on their expectations, perspective or traditions.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

MY BIRTHDAY POST…

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I’m thankful that God allowed me to live to see my 49th birthday today. Wow! Forty-nine years! Seven times seven!

I can feel a sense of transition in my life. Do you know what I mean? Have you ever felt that? Have you ever noticed what some people call coincidences, but believers call confirmations? There are some areas I’ve been moving, but there are some other areas I’ve been stagnate.

There are some things that I have placed before God’s purpose for my life. Have you?


One of the most humbling thoughts about the blessing of reaching this age is how many great men and women God has given me more years than they received…and all that they accomplished in their time here.


Even though I’m thankful for all I’ve accomplished in life thus far, I still acknowledge…

I’ve wasted some time on foolishness…

I’ve wasted some time neglecting the calling on my life…

I’ve made some bad decisions…

I’ve messed up more than I’ve mastered, but I will make the most of all of it.

I pray that God anoints me to make the most of every day He gives me going forward.

One thing we all share is this generation. Let’s leave behind a strong heritage for our LORD.

Acts 13:36 (NKJV)

36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;

BE BLESSTIFIED!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY “GD” TO TAKE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN…

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STOP PLAYING WITH GOD’S PRAISE…AND HIS NAME

There was a time when God’s name was referenced more. We need to be careful how we refer to God casually and not in reverence…how we let what is meant to be praise be reduced to idle words. Look at what Jesus said about idle words…

Matthew 12:36-37(NKJV)

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

We must make sure that we never play with His praise. Many movies, plays and songs, have turned what is meant to be sincere praise into a joke, or cliché…


Please don’t say HALLELUJAH unless you’re really praising Him.
And, don’t play with it.


Please stop saying “HALLELUYER!”


Remember this…

JAH (YAH) is the part of the word that’s His name. You don’t have to say GD to take His name in vain. 

Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

For more on this please read…IS ‘OMG’ TAKING GOD’S NAME IN VAIN? 

BE BLESSTIFIED!

TODAY IS OUR 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

God has blessed us with 30 years together. They all haven’t been glorious, but they have all been blessed. Our faith in God through our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Jesus Christ is the ONLY reason we are still together.

We absolutely LOVE being together. We share a love for God and old school music that both give us an ‘escape’ right where we are…together.

Now more than ever, we feel it’s important that every marriage inspire other strong marriages. It’s our responsibility to glorify, strong, joyful, life-long godly marriages between a man and woman just as God ordained.

Matthew 19:4-5 (NKJV)

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made[a]them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’[b] and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?[c]

It doesn’t get more plain than that. So, let God be real in your relationships every day…


Remember this, when the love of God is the bond that’s holding you together. Outside influences may try to distract you, but they can never get between you.


Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NKJV)

12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

 

Happy Anniversary to us!!!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

THE ‘SON’DAY GOD TOLD ME TO GO TO THE JAIL INSTEAD OF CHURCH (In case you missed it…)

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If you feel God is placing it on your heart to move, to act, to do something. Test it by the Word of God, pray for wisdom, guidance and protection…then move!

I learned this lesson the hard way several years ago…

One SONday morning while getting ready to go to church I received a phone call from a young friend of mine from jail…

He said, “Brother Al, I need to talk to you brother! I can’t do this! This is my third time being locked up, and I know that I will be away from my family for a very long time. I really need to talk to you!”

I responded, “Okay, I will stop by to talk to you as soon as I get out of church”.

I had ministered to this brother by phone and letters while he was in prison before. My phone would ring and I’d hear… “You have a call from ____________ at the ____________ Center for Corrections.” I would quickly respond, “Yes”.

He was very sincere, and He told me that he had been brought back to Christ while in prison. Not only that, He felt God had called Him to be a minister.

After being released he, came to church and was given the opportunity to preach his first sermon, “Are You Lame” from Acts Chapter 3. His sermon was very good. He then told me he was anxious to go and witness to the people he used to ‘run with’. Those who were his ‘partners in crime’…both figuratively and literally.

I told him, “I admire your passion to reach back and grab them, but PLEASE don’t do it until you’re strong enough, so you aren’t drawn back in. I then reminded him of the warning in the bible…

Galatians 6:1

 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 

 And also,

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)

 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

He did in fact try to reach back, and unfortunately, he got drawn back in. That’s why he was calling me from jail.

Well, as I said…He asked me to come and talk to him that morning, and I told him that I would as soon as I got out of church.


While I was in church, he hung himself and died.


My church should have been at the jail that morning.

I let him down…

I let God down…

For religion…

For duty…

For tradition…

For ‘a form of Godliness’…

I missed the entire puropse of what church equips us to do. (Ephesians 4:12)

I missed an opportunity to save a life.

This is one of the reasons Jesus said…

Matthew 9:13 (NKJV)

 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’[a] For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”[

This is one of the reasons the bible says…

James 2:15-17 (NKJV)

 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

This is one of the reasons the bible says…

1 John 3:17 (NKJV)

 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

 And most definitely why Jesus said…

Matthew 25: 31-40 (NKJV)

 31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[c] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

God told me to move that morning and I ignored Him, because I felt I was doing the right thing. But, had I looked closer at the word of God…I would have quickly gone to the jail.

If you feel God is placing it on your heart to move, to do something, to bless someone, to pray for someone…test it by His word…pray for wisdom, guidance and protection…and do it.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

YES/NO: HOMOSEXUALITY & OTHER SINS IN THE CHURCH…

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YES, of course homosexuals are welcome in the church.

Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

NO, it does not excuse nor condone that particular sin. All sinners must repent and work on turning from lifestyles displeasing to God.

Romans 1:26-27 (NKJV)

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

YES, there are fornicators and adulterers in the church…

1 Corinthians 5:1 (NKJV)

5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named[a] among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!

NO, their sins are not excused or condoned either.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

YES, we are to speak out against homosexuality as any other sin…

Ezekiel 3:19 (NKJV)

19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

NO, speaking out against it doesn’t equate to hate speech or judging.

Hebrews 3:13 (NKJV)

13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

YES, the church isn’t perfect…

1 Corinthians 11:18 (NKJV)

18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

NO, that doesn’t make the church as a whole bad. We are all works in progress.

Ephesians 5:26-27 (NKJV)

26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

YES, some people are passionate in their feelings against this sin…

Romans 10:2 (NKJV)

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

NO, that’s not an excuse to call people derogatory, hurtful, mean-spirited names.

Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

YES, people are born with innate desires they didn’t ask for…

 Psalm 51:5 (NKJV)

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

NO, that doesn’t necessarily make them okay.

Romans 1:29-32 (NKJV)

29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[a] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[b] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them

Romans 2:1 (NKJV)

Therefore, you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

YES, this post is to provoke healthy, respectful dialogue.

Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.

NO, I know everyone won’t agree with me.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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