If we aren’t careful we can find ourselves expecting a ‘pat on the back’ for doing the things that we are supposed to do…for doing our God-given duty from Yahweh Himself.
Parents can sometimes try to pressure their adult children into controlling their adult children by bringing up everything they sacrificed for them when they were young.
I’ve heard some parents justify their ‘me time’ or time with their friends by bragging about how they ‘pay the bills’ so they should be able to do what they want to do every now and then. Well, they should from time to time, but the truth is that…
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.
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Most people know the biblical account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being placed into the fiery furnace because they refused King Nebuchadnezzar’s national decree to worship the image of gold. Let me first say that I don’t like calling them by their Babylonian names. Their real names were Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
The king commanded that when the designated ‘national’ music played that everyone stopped what they were doing and worship the image. This was a ‘national’ decree, and everyone under his authority stopped and worshiped the image.
As you will read below, the three young men refused to do so.
Daniel 3:1-18 (NKJV)
3 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was[a]sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the…
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When you’re pursuing your God-given purpose,
When you’re loving and forgiving,
When you’re sharing God’s love, it frustrates the devil.
But, he has absolutely no power over your life except that what God allows…
Job 1:12 (NKJV)
12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your [a]power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
God gets glory out of our lives when we overcome the devil, just as He did when He allowed the enemy to have temporary access to Job.
He bragged on Job, and sometimes God is bragging on you…
Job 1:8 (NKJV)
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you [a]considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and [
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From civil rights to confederate statues. From protecting the environment to climate change. From the most extreme liberal to the most staunch conservative. From sexual misconduct in the workplace to being falsely accused… I’ve noticed, especially on social media how quick people are to accuse others of whining and being too sensitive when others that what displeases them. The same people who criticize others for being too sensitive has their own sensitivities…what makes one think his or hers is more valid than another’s?
It’s a shame when people can’t disagree without insults and sometimes aggression. How much more productive would our debates, dialogues and monologues be if we could respect, not only how one another feels, but the reasons why those who oppose us disagree.
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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.
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…
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How many times have you done it? You jumped out of bed, and hit the ground running. You got dressed, maybe grabbed a bite to eat and started your day. Then here come the challenges…
Family asking questions they could have asked last night…
Can’t find your keys…
More horrible co-workers…
Everyone seems to be pushing all your buttons all morning long!
Then, just before lunch you realize it. How could you have forgotten? Yes, the bed felt good and you lay there a few more moments, so when you jumped up you had to get going. But, how could you get going without telling God…
“Good Morning!” (Psalm 63:1)
“I bless your Holy Name this morning!” (Matthew 6:9)
“Thank you for keeping while I slept!” (Psalm 4:8)
“Thank you for brand new grace and mercy this morning!” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
“Please forgive me of all my sins!”
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One of the most precious gifts from God is freedom. Just as America celebrates its freedom each July 4th, most nations, cultures or races that had one time been oppressed in some form stop to celebrate their independence.
In the book of Joshua , after God established Israel as a nation. we read what will be a common phrase in the bible established Israel in the promised land…
Joshua 21:44New King James Version (NKJV)
44The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.
King Solomon also recognizes that God has given him and the nation rest from all enemies or adversaries…
1 Kings 5:4New King James Version (NKJV)
4But now the Lord my God has given me rest…
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DID THE LIVING WORD DREAM?
When Jesus’ eyelids grew heavy
From carrying the weight of the world…
Did He dream…
…of returning to His heavenly home?
…that everyone would accept His precious gift?
Did He fantasize about the joys of a wife and family?
Did He dream of salvation without the cross?
Or, were His nightmares that He would be left down here in this mess?
If we felt it…He felt it.
As we were tempted…He was tempted.
If we endured it…The Lord endured it.
When He submitted Himself to the weakness of our flesh…
He had to hunger.
He had to thirst.
He had to hurt.
He had to hope.
He had to dream…
What do you think the Son of God dreamed about?
You? Me? Eternity?
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all…
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God told us we will have trials and tribulations in life. He also gave us a promise.
“Many are the affictions of the righteous, but God delivers him out of them all” Psalm 34:19.
The devil knows of this promise and does everything he can to convince you to give up not only during the trial, but when things are TURNING AROUND. He may even attack harder. I’m in a turn around season myself, and the devil is trying to discourage me even as I type this word to inspire US.
I declare in the name of Jesus Christ that the devil is a liar! My wife and I can tell God is turning things around. If you are sensitive to God, and in constant prayer, you can tell that a change for the better is coming. You can tell that things are TURNING AROUND. That’s why you need…
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