MLK DAY: WHAT HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED IN 39 YEARS…?

As I was growing up, I never did really grasp how young Dr. Martin Luther King was when he stepped onto the world stage.

Then he became involved with the Birmingham bus boycott at the age of 26 he wasn’t trying to make history, he was just trying to do his part to make a difference.

At the age of 35 he was the youngest man at the time to receive the Nobel Peace prize.

At the young age of 39 he made his historic “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech that prophetically eluded to his death the very next day.

In 39 short years Dr. King changed the world. His wife and children had to share husband and father with history. And, his children grew into adulthood without their dad.

Many of you reading this who grew up hearing and reading about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have outlived his 39 years.

What have you accomplished in your time here so far?

Maybe you haven’t changed the world, but have you been a good father? mother? sibling? son? daughter?. Have you been dependable to the people in your life?

Can the people in your circle of influence count on you? Are you fulfilling your purpose of being God’s representative in every relationship and environment?

2 Corinthians 5:20  (NKJV)

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God

You may not be Dr. Martin Luther King, and really should thank God that the weight of your purpose isn’t as heavy as his…

You don’t have to change the world to make history, you just have to change the world around you.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. KING!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY JESUS HATES BIG ‘BUTS’…

We must be very careful of the excuses we give why we aren’t doing what God has called us to do.

What do people say when confronted with doing what God expects of them or has called them to do?

Why don’t you go to church?

Let’s go feed the homeless.

Let’s go visit and minister people in prison and hospitals…

Why don’t you give the firstfruits of all your increase to God?

Usually before we make an excuse, we usually give a big BUT…

“I would, BUT the people in church aren’t right themselves…”

“I would, BUT those homeless people will just spend it on drugs, cigarettes and alcohol…”

“I would, BUT I can’t afford to…”

“I would, BUT I don’t have time to visit…”

“I would, BUT my kids have sports…”

Yeshua, Christ Jesus, gave us a parable to illustrate how much He hates our excuses. He let us know how much He hates our BIG BUTS…

Luke 14:18-24 (NKJV)

18 BUT they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the [a]maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”

Notice that each of these excuses addressed the same excuses we give today.

BUSINESS. WORK. CAREER

“I bought a piece of ground…”

“I bought a yoke of oxen…”

SPOUSE. CHILDREN. FAMILY

“I have married a wife…

These excuses made the master of the house (Jesus) angry. So, He invited the very people who those who were initially invited were called to serve instead.

He then said those who makes excuses and rejected His invitation will not ‘taste His supper’ (will not enter His Kingdom).

Jesus hates our excuses! However, the enemy loves our BIG BUTS! He loves our excuses.
 

Don’t let your BIG BUT keep you out of the Kingdom of God!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

DO YOU NEED TO APOLOGIZE AGAIN, THIS TIME BECAUSE YOU MEAN IT…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

picsart_02-14-092067838167.pngI’m pretty sure we have all done this. You may be in this situation right now. You said or did someone and you know you were wrong. You told them you’re sorry and you’re ready to move on. But you may need to go back and apologize again…

Why?


HOW did you say, “I’m sorry?”


Did they tell you, “You owe me an apology!” and you angrily and grudgingly snap back, “I’m sorry!”

Did you tell them you were sorry just to shut them up from nagging you… wanting them to drop it?

Did you tell them you were sorry only to demand of them to get over it and move on?

Did you tell them you were sorry because you know God expects it, but you really didn’t mean it?

Did you tell them you were sorry because you just didn’t want them to be upset?

Did you tell…

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WHEN PEOPLE GET AFFIRMATION THROUGH CLAIMING THEY DON’T NEED IT…

Do you know anyone who tries to get affirmation and validation by claiming that they don’t need it? Have you ever heard anyone say that? Have you said it yourself?

People usually say this because they are really ‘in their feelings’ because they want affirmation, validation or appreciation and feel they aren’t getting it.

Yes, it’s good to be confident in who you are and not need anyone else to tell you, but the truth of the matter is that God created us for relationship, and one aspect of relationship is affirmation from others.

Whether we admit or not, we all need validation and affirmation sometimes. We give God affirmation and validation by praising Him.

GOD LOVES PRAISE!

Praise is affirmation of His greatness, holiness, sovereignty, justice…His love for us and our love for Him.

GOD LOVES PRAISE and there’s nothing wrong with that.

So here’s the thing…

We all need a little praise sometimes too. We all need affirmation sometimes. We all need validation sometimes…especially by those who are closest to us.

Do you know why?

Because we were all created in God’s image, and it is our duty to affirm Him with our praise.

Does God NEED our affirmation to be God? Absolutely not! He has Holy angels to declare His greatness day and night…

Revelation 4:8  (NKJV)

The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy,[a] holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!

God teaches us to honor our parents in the Lord…Affirmation.

Ephesians 6:1  (NKJV)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

The bible teaches us to esteem others better than ourselves….Affirmation.

Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

We’re told ordain those set aside for the ministry by the laying on of hands…Affirmation.

The key is to not feel disqualified by God when we don’t receive affirmation, and certainly don’t let it go to our heads. Jesus taught us this early in His ministry…

John 2:23-25  (NKJV)

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.

People are very fickle. Remember many people cried “Hosanna!” to Jesus at the beginning of the week and ended the week crying “Crucify Him!”

So. don’t feel to guilty for feeling the need for affirmation sometimes. Don’t let it go to your head when you get it. And, don’t feel like God doesn’t value you when you don’t.

BE BLESSTIFIEDA

ONLY ‘GODLY SEX’ IS GOOD SEX…

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I know some of you are thinking, “What are you talking about preacher?”

Whether they admit it or not, everyone wants good sex. Well here’s the thing…God knows that.

He made us that way.

That’s why he created the desire. He created our bodies to attract one another, and most importantly, He created Godly marriage between a man and woman, so that we can enjoy good sex.


GODLY SEX IS SEX BETWEEN A MARRIED MAN AND WOMAN


Matthew 19:4-6 (NKJV)

4 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] 5 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] 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

The fact that the enemy knows how much people crave good sex is why it has been such a powerful weapon for him throughout the ages. If the enemy can use it to be stumbling block to a man after God’s own heart like King David (2 Samuel Chapter 11), then we know it can be a stumbling block to any of us.

Sex is ordained by God, and the enemy has always manipulated situations to pervert what was meant to be Holy.

Hebrews 13:4 (NKJV)

4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

He has perverted it through tempting God’s children through…

Fornication…

Adultery…

Homosexuality…

Pornography…

Prostitution…

Rape…

Voyeurism…

The Strip Club…

And the list can go on and on.


OUR SEXUAL DESIRE IS INNATE, BUT GOD ONLY PERMITS US TO FULFILL IT ONLY AS ORDAINED BY HIM.


Just because someone naturally has an unquenchable desire for the opposite sex does not mean it’s okay to fulfill it with as many people who will agree to sleep with them.

Just because someone naturally has a desire for his or her own sex does not mean that it’s okay for them to sleep with someone of their own sex.

Just because someone’s spouse is not fulfilling their marital ‘duty’ does not give them an excuse to step outside of their marriage.

I think any couple that engaged in premarital sex, but then married will agree that the best sex is when they have made it ‘legal in the eyes of God’.


There’s no greater satisfaction that when two married people are not just connected physically, but also connected mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually.


Here are just a few verses stating what the bible has to say about good, godly sex…

Proverbs 5:18-19 (NKJV)

18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.

Song of Solomon 1:2 (NKJV)

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—For your[b] love is better than wine.

Song of Solomon 4:9-11  (NKJV)

You have ravished my heart,
My sister, my spouse;
You have ravished my heart
With one look of your eyes,
With one link of your necklace.
10 How fair is your love,
My sister, my spouse!
How much better than wine is your love,
And the scent of your perfumes
Than all spices!
11 Your lips, O my spouse,
Drip as the honeycomb;
Honey and milk are under your tongue;
And the fragrance of your garments
Is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

Song of Solomon 5:16  (NKJV)

16 His mouth is most sweet,
Yes, he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved,
And this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem!

Whew! That’s the Word!

Not only is there nothing WRONG with a little wine, music and romance between a husband and wife – it is absolutely RIGHT!

 

Yes, there are seasons when married people are not always on the same page sexually, but that’s why sex is spiritual and holy. Notice what God advises us through the apostle Paul…

1 Corinthians 7:4-5 (NKJV)

4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

So, if you are engaging in sex that is not ordained by God…

No matter how much they make your toes curl…

No matter how intense the climax…

No matter how much you look forward to seeing them again…

No matter how good they look, feel or smell…

No matter how you choose to excuse it…

It is unholy, ungodly, unethical, immoral, rejected by God and puts you at risk to go to Hell.


NO MATTER HOW GOOD IT FEELS, IF IT’S NOT GODLY IT’S NOT GOOD


But, when you know that both of you are enjoying one another within the will of God, your intimate time together can be good through 10 – 20 – 30 – 40 – 50 years of marriage and beyond.

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Remember, even though his wife Sarah suggested it, Abraham’s sex with Hagar was not ordained by God, and it led to bitterness and trouble in his marriage. But, once He and Sarah believed God’s promise of a son in their old age, they saw pleasure again as they did in their youth…

Genesis 18:12-14 (NKJV)

12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Even good sex is not too hard for God!

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4 SIMPLE THINGS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE BETTER IMMEDIATELY…

GODLY MARRIAGE: YOU CAN’T GET ROMANTIC WITH A HYMNAL…

MARRIAGE ADVICE: IT’S YOUR DIFFERENCES THAT MAKE YOU A PERFECT FIT…

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7 BLESSINGS MANY TAKE FOR GRANTED…

ENOUGH FOOD for a snack.

ENOUGH WATER to wash your hair, car or water your lawn.

ENOUGH CLOTHES for two days.

ENOUGH SHELTER to cover yourself.

ENOUGH STRENGTH to bathe yourself.

ENOUGH SENSE to know your name.

ENOUGH FAITH to know God through Yeshua, Christ Jesus.

Remember that many of our worries spring from worrying about tomorrow. If God has given you enough for today…

You’re blessed!

If you have something left over for tomorrow at the end of the day…

Your abundantly blessed!

There are many in the world would LOVE THE LUXURY of a snack, clean water and a change of clothes for two days.

Don’t let our society and culture of excess allow you to become unthankful or think God is mistreating you because of what you don’t have. Do most people you know have more than enough for one day?

I encourage you to stop and take a moment to thank God for what you have TODAY, especially if you’ve been complaining or worrying about what you don’t.

Matthew 6:31-34  (NKJV)

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

1 Timothy 6:8-10  (NKJV)

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

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THE DAY GOD DELIVERED MY FAMILY FROM DEATH…LITERALLY!

This is a picture of my family in a van traveling to Florida. Before we left home, we all held hands and asked God for His divine protection. We asked for each of our angels to be with us. We asked Him to put a hedge around us, just as He did Job (Job 1:10). We asked for a safe trip…a safe stay and a safe return home.

As we left Memphis at mid night we traveled safely through the night on schedule. I drove the entire time. Around midday we crossed over the Georgia/Florida county line and made a last stop for gas and get something to eat.

We were then on our last stretch of the trip.

As I drove down I-75 near Gainesville, I was in the fast lane of a three- lane stretch of highway. The interstate was extremely busy because this was the Friday before Christmas. Every lane was full of cars and trucks…BIG TRUCKS.

Suddenly, immediately in front of our van a huge cloud of smoke appeared. As I drive into it I discovered that not only could I NOT see the cars around me, I couldn’t see 1 inch in front of us. I couldn’t even see the windshield wipers!

I WAS DRIVING BLIND! We were definitely riding by faith and not sight.

I expected to hear vehicles crashing around me any moment. My wife told me to stop the van, and everyone was bracing themselves.

As she told me to stop the van, I calmly replied, “No”, but did stop accelerating as I eased over onto the shoulder of the road with only a small guard rail separating the oncoming traffic on the other side, hoping and praying not to slam into a wrecked or stopped car in front of me, while also praying that a car or truck didn’t slam into the back of us.

All I could think about is the multi-car pile-ups I have seen in white-out snow or blinding fog. Everyone in the car wondered if this was the day we were going to die or be severely injured.

I was driving, but I definitely was NOT in control! After driving several seconds in the smoke, we emerged and there was no accident. The man in the car next to us looked at my wife as if to say, “What was that?”

Here’s the thing. With dozens of cars enveloped in the smoke, how likely is it that abosolutley not one car, one truck, one SUV or crossover…not one 18-wheeler stopped? If only one vehicle stopped it would have been catastrophic.

ONLY GOD PREVENTED ANYONE FROM STOPPING!

We immediately began thanking and praising God.

God answered our prayer before our trip. Our families could have been receiving a horrible phone call later that day.

Two weeks later after returning home, I was watching the news and saw a report of a multi-car accident on the same interstate, in the same area and one of the vehicles involved was a van. Not only that, 7 people were killed and 7 people were injured.

It was 7 people in our van that day (one person can’t be seen in the picture above).

I pray God’s strength for the families involved in that accident, but God quickly reminded me that could have been us.

So many times after near death experiences or after living foolishly many times people say, “I shouldn’t be here” as a testimony of God’s grace and mercy.

But I have learned that those experiences are confirmation that, WE SHOULD BE HERE! It’s confirmation that God still has purpose for our lives.

That experience gave me brand new appreciation for…

Psalm 118:17-18 (NKJV)

17 I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has chastened[a] me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.

Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 20:6 (NKJV)

Now I know that the Lord saves His [a]anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

Just as Psalm 118:17 say, “ I will declare the works of the Lord!”

When God delivers us, saves us, rescues, protects us from certain hurt, harm, danger or death it is our responsibility to let the world know.

God delivered my family from death that day December 21, 2018. We still don’t know where the smoke came from.

I do know that God proved to us that when trouble, pain or uncertainty, surrounds you like a cloud.

When you seem to be enveloped in darkness and you can’t see your way through.

When it seems you’re driving blind…

Your faith will see you through.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

ARE YOU READY FOR WHAT YOU THINK YOU WANT TO KNOW…?

One of the first lessons that God teaches us in the bible was the responsibility that comes with knowledge…

Genesis 3:22-24  (NKJV)

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

God has blessed us to be created in His image. One aspect of that is the ability to acquire knowledge. He even told us that in the last days there would be a great increase in knowledge…

Daniel 12:4  (NKJV)

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

God has allowed us to have incredible advances in science, technology, medicine etc. Unfortunately much of the knowledge that we have acquired has convinced many that the one source of all knowledge, Yahweh, The Lord God of Israel from Everlasting to Everlasting does not exist. They have used that knowledge to decide for themselves that Yeshua, Christ Jesus was not God’s Son.

There is only one God and one Savior, and the two are One.

Even on a personal level, there are things we want to know. Always ask yourself are you ready for the knowledge that you are seeking.

“What have people been saying about me?”

“What are they whispering about?”

“Is my spouse being unfaithful?”

“Who are my real parents?”

“How many threats are there really to our national security on a daily basis?”

When you find out someone needs help and you have the means are you willing to help them?

When you find out what’s wrong with someone are you willing to be there for them?

When you begin to realize what God’s purpose is for your life, are you ready for the responsibility that come with it? Learning God’s word comes with great responsibility.

If you already knew the day you would die, would you spend your entire life obsessing over it?

“Have you ever gained some knowledge or information and then realized after you got it, “I’m not ready for this!”???

Approach all knowledge prayerfully and through the lens of God’s word. God doesn’t intend for us to have knowledge until we are spiritually mature enough to handle it.

1 Corinthians 3:2  (NKJV)

I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;

BE BLESSTIFIED!

HOW TEMPTATION IS YOUR SPIRITUAL SECURITY SYSTEM…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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Picture this. You’re sleeping comfortably in your bed and are awaken by a rattling at your window. You quietly get out of bed and notice that someone is trying to break into your home.

Or, You’re relaxing watching television and you’re shocked out of your show as your burglar alarm suddenly goes off.

In either situation do you go and let them into your house?

Of course not! You…

  1. Call for help… you dial 911 if available.
  2. You prepare to defend yourself with your weapons if available.

Our bodies are temples for the LORD to live inside of us, and it’s our responsiblity to protect them…

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  (NKJV)

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in…

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