WHEN A LEADER IS NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR INSULTING MEN & THEIR MOMMAS…

This clip from 2017 is shameful.

GOD considers kneeling HUMILITY, RESPECT and REVERENCE!

Ephesians 3:14 (NKJV)

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[a]

SHAME on any PREACHER who did not hold the leader accountable for insulting Black NFL players and their MOTHERS back in 2017, but justified and excused it.

GOD considers kneeling HUMILITY, RESPECT and REVERENCE! SHAME on any PREACHER who did not hold the leader accountable for insulting Black NFL players and their MOTHERS back in 2017! HYPOCRITES!! The prophet Nathan even held King David accountble!

Yeshua the Messiah rebuked the Pharisees for enforcing their traditions as if they were the commandments of God. He shook up their traditions….

Mark 7:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—[a]the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

Listen to the cheers from people who call themselves Christians/ You can’t cherry-pick your sins!

If you find yourself immediately trying to excuse this, which spirit within you is he appealing to?

HYPOCRITES!! The prophet Nathan even held King David accountble! Listen to the cheers! You can’t cherry-pick your sins!

Ephesians 4:29 New King James Version (NKJV)

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [a]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Matthew 5:22 New King James Version (NKJV)

22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother [a]without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother,‘Raca!’[b] shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, [c]‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of[d]hell fire.

Matthew 12:36 King James Version (KJV)

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Leaders are not exempt from these expectations!

If you find yourself immediately trying to excuse this, which spirit within you is he appealing to?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

ENCOURAGEMENT: YOU DIDN’T SURPRISE GOD WHEN YOU BACKSLID…

We have all done it before. We asked God to forgive us, and promised Him that we wouldn’t do it again…then found ourselves right back in the same behavior again, and sometimes again and again.

Has this ever been you? Sure, we all have.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Whether you slipped up or carefully planned your presumptuous (premeditated sin in the 1st degree), you did NOT surprise God when you messed up.

Psalm 19:13  (NKJV)

13 Keep back Your servant also from PRESUMPTUOUS sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of [a]great transgression.

Think about this, David was ordained King and a man after God’s own heart, God already knew that we was going to see Bathsheba bathing, lust after her, abuse his authority and have her brought to him, have sex with her, get her pregnant and then carefully plan to have her husband Uriah (who was very loyal to him) killed to conceal the sin. David did not take God by surprise.

God already knew Noah was going to get drunk after he delivered him and his family in the flood (Genesis Chapter 9).

God already knew that Abraham was going to sleep with Hagar when it was taking too long for Isaac to be born (Genesis Chapter 16).

God already knew that Jacob was going to lie to steal Esau’s blessing (Genesis Chapter 27).

Yeshua already knew when He called Peter that he would deny Him three times (John Chapter 18).

And, God already knew when you accepted His Son as Lord and Savior that you would ____________________________. ( You fill in the blank. You know what you did or are doing).

Their sin didn’t disqualify them and yours doesn’t disqualify you.

Think about this. It wasn’t David’s sexual sin that disqualified him from building a house for God, as he longed to do. It was his violence (2 Samuel Chapter 7).

Notice that David’s sin did not disqualify him from being King, He did not have to surrender his ‘thrown’.

David’s sin did not mean the Psalms that God gave us through Him could no longer be sung, read or prayed.

David’s sin did not disqualify Him from being a man after God’s own heart.

Why? Because David repented (2 Samuel Chapter 12 and Psalm 51), unlike King Saul, who he succeeded. Saul never repented and He was rejected by God and lost the throne to David (1 Samuel Chapters 15-16).

The key is repentance. Yes, you may slip up. You may even stay in that sin for a season. But, the fact that you weren’t comfortable in that sin is proof that God’s Holy Spirit was convicting you. The fact that you aren’t comfortable in that sin, if you’re in it right now, is proof that the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) won’t allow you to have any peace right now. It proves that you are His.

You didn’t catch God by surprise. If you’re practicing a sin right now that you know hurts God…stop right now, before God stops you. If you have repented…be strong and don’t go back.

Be encouraged. God already knew everything you would do when He chose you!

Your sin didn’t or doesn’t disqualify you, as long as you truly repent…now.

ENCOURAGEMENT: YOUR FAILURES DON’T HAVE TO DISQUALIFY YOUR CALLING…

WARNING! DON’T ASK GOD TO MAKE YOU STOP_________.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ANYMORE…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN GOD TOLD HIS ‘WIFE’ SHE WAS WORSE THAN A WHORE…

To call a woman or a man a whore is a horrible insult to anyone. We all know that it implies that person sold their body for money. It implies he or she defiled their body and brought shame upon everyone who is close to them.

We also know that throughout the entire bible God uses the analogy of marriage to describe His relationship with His chosen people Israel, and to describe the relationship of Yeshua the Messiah to the church…

Isaiah 54:5  (NKJV)

For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.

Isaiah 54:5 (NKJV)

For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.

Ephesians 5:25-27  (NKJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might [a]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.

2 Corinthians 11:2  (NKJV)

For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

He did this because He gives us horizontal examples (our relationships with one another) of our vertical relationship (our relationship with Him), so we can truly see how He feels. He allows us to experience His emotions, because we were created in His image.

That’s why when Israel sinned against Him, when they compromised, when they assimilated. When they allowed themselves to be influenced by pagans rather than influencing them, He called it spiritual adultery…

Jeremiah 3:8-10 (NKJV)

Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.

James 4:4 (NKJV)

4 [a]Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Matthew 16:4 (NKJV)

A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of [a]the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

However, God was so hurt, upset and angry with His ‘spiritual wife’ Israel, that He allowed them to lose their nation, exiled in Babylon and scattered throughout the region. As He told them of their sins He told them that they’re sin was worse than the heathens around them because they were supposed to be His! Any spouse can relate to this. It hurts much worse when a spouse is mistreated by his or her mate because they are supposed to be ‘one flesh’. They belong to one another.


Because of this God told Israel not only did they ‘act like a whore’, but they were worse than a whore. A whore or prostitute waits to be solicited, but Israel didn’t wait to be solicited, they volunteered themselves as unfaithful spouse and did not ask for money, but paid their ‘spiritual lovers”. Read this in a few different translations…

Ezekiel 16:31-34 (NKJV)

31 “You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your [a]high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. 32 You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. 33 Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and [b]hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry. 34 You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given you, therefore you are the opposite.”

Ezekiel 16:31-34 (MSG)

30-31 “‘What a sick soul! Doing all this stuff—the champion whore! You built your bold brothels at every major intersection, opened up your whorehouses in every neighborhood, but you were different from regular whores in that you wouldn’t accept a fee.

32-34 “‘Wives who are unfaithful to their husbands accept gifts from their lovers. And men commonly pay their whores. But you pay your lovers! You bribe men from all over to come to bed with you! You’re just the opposite of the regular whores who get paid for sex. Instead, you pay men for their favors! You even pervert whoredom!

Ezekiel 16:31-34 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

31 building your platforms on every streetcorner, making your high places in every open space — and yet you aren’t like a whore, because you scorn getting paid. 32 Here is a wife who commits adultery, who goes to bed with strangers instead of her husband; 33 but also instead of receiving gifts like every other prostitute, you give gifts to all your lovers, you bribe them to come to you from all over the place and have sex with you! 34 You are the opposite of other women — you solicit the fornication, you aren’t solicited; and you pay them, they don’t pay you — you’re the opposite!


So fast forward to now. How many times have we cheated on God? How many times have we stopped and thought about the fact that something was wrong, then chose to do it anyway? How many times have we had a choice between right and wrong and chose wrong? How many times have we been a hypocrite? How many times have we compromised? How many times have we promised God that we wouldn’t do something again, only to do it again, and again, and again?

How many times have you allowed the world to influence your faith rather than letting you faith influence the world. Remember this often overlooked verse…

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)

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

All of the above is why we should never take for granted God’s grace and mercy. It’s why it is so important to constantly confess and acknowledge our sins to Him…

1 John 1:9  (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We must always be mindful to focus on acknowledging our sins, repenting and turning from the behavior we know hurts God, just as one who loves his or her husband or wife would want their spouse to do.

To feel genuinely sorrowful, not for getting caught…not for the consequences…but genuinely sorrowful for hurting someone who truly loves them, and completely turning from the hurtful behavior, that’s repentance

2 Corinthians 7:10  (NKJV)

10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

When you truly love someone, you change not just to avoid the consequences, but you change because you don’t want to hurt them.

This is why I firmly believe that if someone has a spouse that has been unfaithful, and begs forgiveness, that they should forgive them and continue in the marriage. That’s what God did for Israel. That’s what He still does for us today through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

WHEN GOD EXPECTS US TO FORGIVE ADULTERY (CHEATING ON GOD)…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY GOD SQUEEZES YOU WHEN YOU WANT A HUG…

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Do you like fruit juice?

To many people, the juice is the best part of the fruit. Not only is it good to drink, but it makes eating the fruit much more pleasurable. No matter how much good fruit rests inside, and no matter what type of fruit, the juice doesn’t just drip from it.


The juice has to be squeezed from the fruit.


The same is true with us. God has to squeeze us sometimes to release the best of what’s inside us.


Just at the time you feel you need a ‘hug’ from God, He ‘squeezes’ us instead.


Look at everyone that God used in the bible. Very few of them signed up for their assignments. And, very few of them knew themselves what was inside of them until God squeezed it out…

Faith.

Potential.

Integrity.

Strength.

Love.

Devotion.

Purpose.

From telling Abraham to go to a place He will show him (Genesis 12:1), to testing Him by telling Him to offer His only son (Genesis Chapter 22).

From God allowing David to have to flee from Saul (1 Samuel 21-24) to allowing Him to have to flee from his own son (2 Samuel Chapter 15).

From God allowing His own son and our Savior to be crucified (Luke 23), to allowing the apostles to beaten for Him (Acts 5:41).

Jesus even warned us that He would have to ‘squeeze’ the best out of us through difficulty, so that we can bear more good fruit for Him…

John 15:2 (NKJV)

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

The pruning process, much like squeezing, is not easy, but essential in making us productive in God’s Kingdom.

Before we think of God as being cruel for squeezing the best out of His children, remember that we do the same thing in our society. The military, law enforcement, the medical field and many other professions place those aspiring to be a part of them through rigorous training to get the best out of them.

Remember, God doesn’t test us so that He will know what we will do…He already knows. He tests us so that we can develop and increase our faith. So that we can find out what we will do…So that we can find out what’s really inside of us. He tests us to squeeze the best out of us. WHY DOES GOD ‘TEST’ US WHEN HE ALREADY KNOWS…

When you feel that God is being unfair. When you feel you are being challenged. When you feel you God is putting more weight on you that you can handle, remember…

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Don’t let the enemy manipulate you in your challenge to get the worse out of you. Increase your level of consecration and fellowship with God, and allow Him to squeeze the best out of you.

Get ready for the squeeze!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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