Friday, 30 December 2016

An Anointed Man

Proverbs 21:22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

      What can an anointed man do? It is incredible what God can do with an ordinary man who is walking in God's favor and anointing. An anointed man can scale the city of the mighty and bring down the stronghold. Samson was a judge in Israel and the Holy Spirit came upon him to help him defeat the Philistines. Judges 15:14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. 
      Think about it. The jawbone of a donkey was lying there in the dust. With that jawbone Samson kills a thousand men. Most importantly the power of the Holy Spirit's anointing was upon him. Samson took a most unlikely thing and with it destroyed those who tied him up, the persecutors of Israel. What is in your grasp right now that could be used to defeat the enemy of your soul?
      An anointed man can make the bitter things of life sweet and victorious. Elisha was approached by the men of Jericho who said the land was barren and the water was not good. Elisha, with the anointing of God in his life, took some salt and put it in the water and healed the water. 2 Kings 2:20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. 21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. 
      Wow, an anointed man with the Holy Spirit was able to heal the land and give the people healthy drinking water. Elisha was able to take a bitter situation and make it a blessing for all. What could you do with the anointing of God in your life? What bitterness out there in the world could you bring life to and bring a healing touch to? As Jesus said in Matt. 5:13a You are the salt of the earth.
      An anointed man with God's direction can heal the sick and cast out devils tormenting people's lives. Paul had the favor of God and was ministering healing by sending forth the healing with a handkerchief that had been touched by Paul. The handkerchief was laid on a sick person who would be healed. Acts 19:11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul,12 When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled. 
      What can an anointed man of God do? With God in control there is plenty an anointed man can do. Nothing is impossible for those who believe God and the love He has for us. Matt. 19:26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."
      We all have the blessing of God's anointing available to us because of what Jesus did. The finished work of the cross has given us a gift that is beyond understanding. Christ made us, who have received Him as Lord, the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are walking containers of God's blessings and power. Jesus Christ lives within us ministering His anointing through our lives. What an honor and blessing the Lord has given us. That is who we are, anointed man and woman of God, loved and blessed by Him. With that anointing in us, we can and are able to bring down the strongholds of our life. Thank you, Lord, for your anointing.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Much More

Proverbs 15:11: Death and Destruction are before the LORD - how much more the hearts of humans!

      Everything about God is much more. He has always been and will always be that way because of His infinite nature. We humans sometimes think we can come up with grandiose ideas or intelligent thought that is bigger and better than God's way of thinking, but there is always much more in God because He knows everything and intimately knows our hearts.
      Some people think, "If I can just do enough to get by in life and maybe make it to some kind of place of reward it should be good enough. However, God is thinking much more as He wants us all saved and justified within a full relationship in Him. Rom. 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. God is always so much more. Human beings are often ready to settle where they are, but God wants us to move forward toward much more in Him.

      I heard a geologist say, "The reason rivers are crooked, is because water makes its way through land, rock, and field finding the least amount of resistance to make its way to the ocean." I see this same trait in the human condition. A lot of people do the same thing in life as they meander their way through life looking for the least amount of resistance and never grow to their full potential, thus becoming crooked in character and purpose. 
      When God wants to stretch the capacity of our heart, we pull back and coast along not rising to the potential God has put within us. I'm not saying this is a law, but only a personal observation. God has much more for us than just existing and grazing our way through an insipid life. He is the God of more than enough. He is the God who gives us our heart's desires and a healthy desire for much more of what God has for us. Psalm 20:4 May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
      I have a good friend, Miss Carolyn. Nothing irks her more than seeing someone with a Godly gift and inspired potential floundering away with no purpose wasting their time and lives not using what God has given them for the kingdom of God. Sometimes Carolyn turns a few shades of red, not out of anger, but rather bewildering frustration at the lack of effort being put forth by a gifted person in God. 
      She will say with emphasis. "You have to take these gifts you have been given by God and be intentional with what you have. You cannot keep using the same old worn out excuses you have been using for years to not get more of God. You have gifts, You have potential. You must be intentional with your faith!" I have to agree with her. There is so much more that God has for us. However, a lazy soul and spirit will not have the capacity to receive the much more God has stored up for our lives.
      We sometimes feel like our faith walk is a struggle and a battle. Well, it is, because it is a growing state of being every moment of the day. We were saved and we are being saved and we will be saved. This is a living, thriving, God activated life-giving force going on in us twenty-four-seven every day of our lives. The trial of our faith brings out the much more needed in us and the much more coming from God to us. 1 Pet. 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
      We can ask God with confidence for much more of Him to be revealed in us. We can ask for more because God has much more then we could even ask or think. Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Let's stop fretting and start praying for much more in our lives so we can be and do what God intended us to accomplish while we are on His green earth. As Carolyn says, "Be more intentional and the blessings will flow." Amen.

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Pursuit Of Happiness

Proverbs 29:18 Without prophetic vision, people abandon restraint, but those who obey the Law are happy.

       "I just want to be happy. What's wrong with that?" How often have you heard someone say those words just before the person saying it walked off the proverbial cliff so to speak. They wanted happiness but got heartbreak. They wanted happy times and got jail time. They wanted happy relationships but ended up in a no-win cycle of abuse. 
      The word of God tells us who the happy people are. They are the ones who have no sin controlling their lives or any sin weighing them down. The happy ones are the people who have a clear and clean conscience with God and man. The happiest people are the ones who have been forgiven for their sins. Rom. 4:7 Happy are they whose lawless deeds are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  
      Every product and advertisement promises happy living and a lifetime of perfect sunsets for the low price of a few dollars and some easy payments. However, many have come to know this is advertising fluff and empty promises with no substantial truth. Happiness is most often circumstantial when it comes to being and living our lives. 
      A person can lose their happiness within minutes of receiving great news about a desired event being fulfilled. It can be as simple as finding a parking ticket on your windshield or standing in a long line-up in a grocery store. The happiness that was so wonderful just minutes earlier has been overshadowed by a small irksome event. This type of happiness that the world offers is circumstantial and tentative at best. It does not have a lasting affect on our heart or soul. Job 20:5 The wicked triumph only briefly; the joy of the godless is momentary.
      The word of God says that those who obey the law are happy. Prov. 29:18 Without prophetic vision, people abandon restraint, but those who obey the Law are happy. This is such a different way of looking at happiness, because the world promotes breaking laws in life as fun and full of happy times. Our jails are full of people who followed this worldly advice and sit in their cells regretting the so-called happy times. 
      True happiness comes from obeying God and not walking with the ungodly, the sinner, or the scoffer. Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
      God instructs us to pursue happiness by first seeking Him and seeking the kingdom of God, then all these things that bring happiness to our lives will follow us in life as we follow God and His love. Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. 
      The pursuit of happiness is going on twenty-four-seven. Yet, the world is full of misery and unhappy people who are grasping at anything that might bring a momentary rest from the unhappiness that rules their lives. How many more hits of drugs or shots of alcohol will it take to finally be happy? These addictions are only temporary relief at best and resulting in death at worst. No saints. God's saying is true. Happy is the man who obeys the law of God and who lives without sin in his life under God's righteous forgiveness and grace. Happy is that man!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Sour Grapes

Proverbs 20:14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

      Why am I not being blessed like brother Barry? Doesn't God know I needed that blessing more than he did? Why did God give that house to that family and not us? I have been begging God for a house for our family. Why did Mary get that job and I didn't? Surely God knows Mary has more money than I do. Why don't I get the blessings I need and everyone else is getting theirs? Why did Carolyn get healed? She only goes to church once a month. I go every Sunday and I'm still sick. 
      It almost sounds petulant and childish when hearing these complaints but nonetheless, they are voiced every day by God-fearing people who are stuck in the frustration of their faith. God's answer to all these sour grape prayers is get the covetousness out of our talk and start believing God for real answers to faith-filled prayer. Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Saints, this life is not a reality show; it is reality.
      We live in a braggadocious and a one-up society where scamming and getting popular because of the art of that particular scam is applauded. This type of acceptable living is becoming our morning water-cooler or coffee-bar talk and viewing pleasure. The more outrageous and belligerent the act is, the faster it becomes available to viewers on a variety of social apps available to the whole world.
      Popularity by clicks and bites does not necessarily create an honest character. Some people think we can bring this fame and notoriety found on the world's social media platform to the throne room of God and get special treatment. "Hey God! I have five hundred friends on this page and I need your blessing to improve my social status." Prayer without faith can become redundant and the result is often a great big silence from heaven resulting in a sour grape attitude toward God and church.
 Prov. 19:3 The stupidity of a person turns his life upside down, and his heart rages against the LORD. 
      We need to learn how to rejoice in the blessing and prosperity of others without feeling we will be left out of God's plan. We should not be comparing ourselves with others in the quantity of stuff attained in life or even ministries that have grown in the favor of God. Stop worrying about what you think people are getting away with. Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 
      I like what Gloria Copeland says when she sees others being blessed. She says, "Praise the Lord the line is moving and my turn should be coming up soon." No sour grapes there. She has learned to rejoice in the prosperity of others and we need this ability in our lives also. When our attitude is to help people get what they want in life, it will not be long before we get what we want for our lives. God is just and has put desires into our hearts. Psalm 20:4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. It is His good pleasure to give us His kingdom and the abilities to work within it. Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
      There is no need to live in fear of being left out or having to resort to a schemer's way of life to get by. We do not have to become so cunning as to trick people out of their livelihood to get ahead. Prov. 20:14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase. Our God is a giving God and asks that we come to Him in faith, asking for what we need to live and also grow in the dreams God has put within our hearts. God is not trying to take away our reason for existing; He is trying to help us grow and mature so we can fulfill our reason for living in Christ.
      There are no reasons for sour grapes in our lives when we approach God under His terms. The Lord is not impressed with our charisma or social standing. He is interested in our character of heart and love for His will in our lives. Don't try and put your best foot forward. God already knows you too well and all your secrets. Just be you. Let us grow and mature in the love of God and not become infantile complainers, turning every event into a sour grape catastrophe because we did not get our way. Let us trust God and his thoughts toward us. He knows who we are and what we need. Jer. 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Friday, 2 December 2016

A Living Proclamation

Proverbs 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

      I heard Jesse Duplantis say, "Jesus did not explain the gospel, He proclaimed the gospel. Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
      What a wonderful statement and insight. There is boldness that comes upon us when we proclaim the word of God out of a humble spirit. The deep knowing that comes when our proclamation from the word is truly God inspired can be awe-inspiring to our soul. The reason this is true is that the Word of God is alive and will not come back void or empty of its assignment. The living word of God will accomplish what God wants it to accomplish. Isa. 55:11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
      If we could get this principle deep within our heart and mind, we would be proclaiming with boldness the oracles of God without doubt or fear. Since the word of God is in our heart, then as we speak it out of our heart by faith it should have the power and authority to accomplish what God said the word can do. Rom. 10:8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim. 
      What is holding us back to say what God has said? Throughout the Old Testament, we see this principle working all the time. God says to the prophets, "Say to them, thus says the Lord." The prophet would say what God had proclaimed and whatever had been said would come to pass. We have a better covenant and more sure promises in Christ because all the promises of God are yes and amen. 2 Cor. 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
      Let us not stand back and just be spectators of our Christianity, but let us proclaim with joy the word of faith that is in our hearts and be a history maker in Christ. We have a more sure covenant and incredible promises given to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus says we can have what we say. Mark 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 
      Since Jesus said it, then what He said can be trusted and believed. Let us proclaim the promises of God and see what the Lord will do when we open our mouths and voice His word in His name. Someone might say at this point, "What happens if nothing happens?" I say, "What happens if something does?" God is so good, so let us proclaim His word in Jesus name.