The Book of Judges chapter 6 tells of a story of Gideon, a judge chosen to rescue Israel from their enemy. I call Gideon Captain Scary because he really was quite nervous and fearful. Although Gideon was fearful, he, ultimately exhibited great courage and faith and obeyed God even in the face of great opposition.
You know brothers and sisters, God has a way of choosing the least likely person to carry out his plans and purposes. God will choose people who appear to be unqualified for His assigned task. Indeed, God may instruct any of his chosen one’s to do something that seems scary or nerve wrecking. Nevertheless, it is wise that Christians pray for discernment and understanding in moving in the direction God is pointing. Having said all these things, the point I’m trying to bring home is we must learn to answer God’s higher calling and not be afraid of people. God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:8, “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.” It is highly possible that we Christians are partially the blame for much of the chaos and confusion going on in this world. Why we may be partially the blame? Because many of us are too afraid to step out on faith and obey God’s calling on our lives. Although Gideon was afraid…he stood firm and obeyed…that’s more than many of us can say for ourselves…right? Well, it’s not too late. Let us search ourselves and strive to come into alignment with God’s plans and purposes for us in this world.
Humans are constantly trying to steal God’s glory. How is this possible? It’s not, but that doesn’t stop the hell bound soldiers of Satan. Who will stand up and proclaim that all Glory belongs to God? To God be the Glory!!!!!
Relentless, fierce, like a mad dog, foaming at the mouth.
Hurry, run, before you get twisted and turned about.
The devil sees your good deeds and the way you have changed.
He’s not liking how you made for yourself a new life and things are re-arranged.
Stay close to the Lord now, and don’t slip out of the way
Stay in prayer, praise and mediate on his word, each and every day!
Often times when we encounter uncomfortable issues in life and we have to tell it like it is, it is not that easy. However, it is easier to tell it like we want it. When we do this we cover up things we do not want revealed, we try to hide the truth. It is truly amazing how quickly we forget that God knows the truth and nothing but the truth and He’s watching us tell that big fat lie. No, not a half lie or half-truth, but just a lie …period. We so easily allow the devil to drive our car…drive us to do irrational things. Lying is not always intentional, it is human nature because humanity inherited the lying spirit of the devil that came through Adam and Eve. Lying is just one of the parts of the flesh that can only be crucified through accepting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth with boldness and discretion. The Holy Spirit will not allow the devil to drive your car. He won’t let the devil take the wheel. Remember, some things are better left unsaid. It is imperative that we guard our tongue and maybe less lies will come out. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 12: 36 saying: And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.
Ephesians 4:25 reminds us to stop telling lies. Father God, According to Proverbs 6:16-19, lying is one of the seven things that the Lord hates. In the name of Jesus intervene in the lives of those who consistently and purposely lie. The spirit of lying is detrimental to the spiritual well-being for you said that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. Let us remember that Satan is the father of lies. Don’t let him drive your car! Don’t let him take control! Lord God we thank you for helping all of us in the issues, habits, shortcomings and for bringing us to our true identity in Jesus Christ!
It seems to me that a man as intelligent as Tyler Perry knows that the Government know everything about everybody or can discover it if they so desire. It is really hard for me to believe that Tyler Perry is in this mess (The military lawsuit) all alone. I mean… what made Tyler Perry try to get over on the government? Just a thought, but, I imagine if enough movie stars got burned for trying to get over on the government, the United States could get out of the debt we are in. Now that’s just a thought that ran through my brains. However keep in mind, I am not suggesting anything but only thinking out loud. Lord knows I cannot go to jail, I have to take care of my mother. What’s really going on? I don’t have a clue.
One thing I do know is that no matter what, Tyler Perry is the man who gave the world a taste of what it is like to be a Christians even though we have issues just like everyone else. He bought hope not hell and damnation into homes. Tyler Perry bought love, joy and much laughter into the lives of many people. But guess what, the devil hates that and I am sure He is trying to do something about Tyler Perry as to try to shut him down. I pray for Tyler Perry to take all this mess and chalk it up as a trick of the enemy and keep pressing in to enemy lines. It’s good that Mr. Perry is not feeding into this trickery. I also Pray that He will seek God in this matter and ask God to show Him how to gain the victory in every situation and circumstance.
It is only God who knows hearts and minds. We can only guess and speculate and even when we see things, this does not mean we saw the truth as to what is really going on. So, having said that, let us not start bad mouthing Mr. Perry…God is his judge, maker and whatever happened, God will deal with it righteously. Until then, let us all keep in mind that the Book of Proverbs 6:16-19 (New Living Translation) tells us: There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. Furthermore, I leave you with Galatians 6:10-12 (NLT): A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Jesus said, he who is without sin, cast the first stone. ( paraphrased, John 8:7)
Precious Father God, thank you for bringing us up out of the miry clay, for daily cleaning us from impurities that are not pleasing to you. Lord God help us to have a surrendered heart to you and to realize that our entire purpose in life is to please you. For if we seek first the Kingdom of God and your righteousness, all things will be added unto us. Like a mighty whirlwind, God will come into our lives and stir some thing up and make us better and help us to learn to obey when He speaks to us and want to use us to accomplish His good will on this earth.
You know brothers and sisters, those of us who have surrendered our lives to the Lord can surely remember the condition we were in when we first came to the Lord. Like little dirty children trekking in the house full of mud and dirt…with open arms God embraced us with dirt and all and began his cleaning process. Oh yes, this is a process that will take until the day we cross over to the other side to complete. This is the day that we will finally see God as Who He Really Is. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to look forward too? I think so.
According to Proverbs 6:16-19…There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Indeed, if we are guilty of any of these things, we have to be still and allow God to clean us up. We cannot cross over to the other side dirty. We cannot cross over to the other side unless we repent….Repent means to take a 180 degree turn away from sin toward God so that He can give us His righteousness. Repent is a part of surrendering your life. When you desperately seek to do the will of God, you are well on your way to a transformation into a new creation.
When we begin to hunger and thirst and cry for God’s intervention in our lives this is the beginning of allowing God to position our lives for victory. We each have a role in his Kingdom business and that is why He is shaping us up, showing us the way and shipping us out to the battlefield to do our part in His Kingdom business. Romans 5:4 tells us …And endurance produces character, and character produces hope. So the more we go through trial, the stronger we get and the more hopeful we become because we see that God has helped us overcome our trials.
Heavenly Father, we are so grateful for the life, food, shelter, and for a sound mind. We praise and honor you for your blessings for there are many who are hurting, homeless, and hungry at this very moment…do not have a sound mind. We pray your grace surround them and supply all their needs. Father God, help us to always be grateful, and thankful, that according to Jeremiah 29:11, your plans for us are for good and not for disaster, to give us a future and a hope. Thank you for giving us the strength to hold on and be strong no matter how things may seem. And Lord, please give more strength to those who are weak and weary give them your joy in the name of Jesus we pray.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58 we are encouraged to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” The Corinthian believers were listening to stories, ideas and beliefs that were different from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their faith was shaken, they were beginning to doubt what they were originally taught by Paul, the apostle.
Paul encouraged them to be steadfast and unmovable. He encouraged them to be spiritually strong and deeply rooted and grounded in the work and the word of the Lord. When we are steadfast, we know what we believe and nothing can persuade us otherwise. We are steadfast when we cannot be persuaded with false doctrine and every teaching we hear. Ephesians 4:14 says “We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” You see brothers and sisters, we are in those day where deceitful false teachers are coming out of the woodwork in great numbers. Paul was very disappointed that the Corinthians happily put up with whatever anyone told them even if they preached a different Jesus and a different spirit. (see 2 Corinthians 11:4)
There are many who listen to what sounds good to the ears, however, those who do not study the Bible to seek the truth can easily be led astray. For this reason God wants us to study the Bible. The Bible is the most power spiritual weapon we can depend on to keep us from going down with the enemy. It is high time to take it very seriously as to be able to fight the good fight of faith. Go ahead, dust your Bible off, take it out of hiding, pull it off the shelf and begin the journey… learning truth you have never known. Don’t wait until we’re in the thick of the battle to pull out your Bible. Amen and Amen!