Monthly Archives: February 2016

Cain and Abel Part 1

In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. And Abel also brought an offering–fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, Genesis 4:3-4

There are many lessons we can learn from Cain and Abel, Why did God not favor Cains offering over Abels? First we read Cain brought “some of the fruits”, which means he most likely didn’t give God his “firstfruits”, he probably was giving God leftovers that he might not have used anyway. Whereas Abel sacrificed the firstborn of his flock, which as a shepherd probably meant a lot to him

See God wants all of your heart, he doesn’t want your left overs or after thoughts. God wants us to make him our highest priority, all he asks for is our heart.

but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? Genesis 4:5-6

When God was being honest with Cain, his ego was bruised. Jealousy and hatred began to fill Cain and eventually overtook Cains thoughts and actions. See this is how sin works, thoughts get planted into our head, then imagination, and then action. Instead of Cain learning humility and obedience he became self-obsessed with himself

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7

God is teaching Cain a lesson here, get control of your sins before your sins control you. But wasn’t Cain doing what was right? Not really, he half-heartedly coming to God instead of giving of his whole self. We need to learn, it’s not what we give to God it’s that whatever you do it’s for the Glory of God in Jesus Name Amen

True Wisdom

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13

The Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding, if you don’t have fear of God, what understanding can you have about life? If life has no meaning or purpose then what consequences does anything have? Do we understand a life serving ourselves instead of others is an empty and wasted existence?

Jesus showed the greatest humility by allowing himself to be crucified to save us from our sins. He told us there is no greater love than to lay your life down for your friends. Does anyone have the wisdom to understand what God has already done for us?

But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth   Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:14-16

But we live in a world today of self-worship, which is Earthy and demonic. Meaning your vanity is driven by Satan himself. Nobody wants to hear about Jesus, because it interferes with yourself agendas. People are move in love with there sin than righteousness.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of us to give us wisdom, peace, and strength. But the Holy Spirit can not dwell in a pit, unless your going to repent your sins and clean up your life, you are rejecting Gods power and wisdom. Don’t be deceived by the world, trust in God in Jesus Name Amen

Glory To God

I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”  John 8:50-51

How many Christian ministries today are really seeking to give Glory To God  or Glory to themselves? Remember to everything you do, do if for the Glory of God. Jesus laid his life down at the cross,  so God can deliver us from death and show his power thru his only begotten Son

Thru Jesus obedience to God, he was raised the King  of Kings and Lord of Lords sitting at the right hand of his Heavenly Father. Are you willing to do the will of God or  just glorify yourself?

Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. John 8:54

Jesus lowered himself below the angels to do the will of God, if Jesus was here to glorify himself would he allow himself to be crucified on the cross? If he could raise the dead wouldn’t he have power to wipe out his enemies? But Jesus fulfilled the will of God becoming the atonement sacrifice to redeem us from our sins

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” John 8:58

Jesus is The Great I AM, he was here before the beginning of creation and he will be here for all eternity , sitting on his throne at the right hand of God. Jesus tried to reveal this to the world, but the world knew him not. Remember everything you do, do it for the Glory of God in Jesus Name Amen

The Truth Will Set You Free

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

Jesus is The Truth,Life and Way and he  has come to set us all free,free from the chains of addictions, free from the  sting of death, free from the slavery of sin.

But we must remember to hold to his teachings, meaning its one thing to believe Jesus is Christ, but are you willing to deny yourself, carry your cross, and follow him? To live is Christ and to die is gain

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. John 8:34-35

Sin created by Satan is used to control and destroy you. There is nothing worthwhile produced from  sin except death and destruction. Can you be a slave to sin and still be a Child of God? Of course not, and there is only one way to break that slavery and that through Jesus Christ

 

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed John 8:36

Jesus is the name above all names, the only one who can save your soul, the true Messiah. When you accept Christ into your heart you become a new creature. No longer a slave to Sin but a Child of the One True King, With Jesus you will be free, as we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength in Jesus Name Amen

Faith Without Works

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? James 2:14

Faith without works is dead, you probably heard this phrase before what does it really mean? First you have to ask yourself, can you truly have faith without ever proving it? Can you truly be a disciple of Christ if the world never knows it? We are called to be The Salt of The Earth and The Light of The World, can this be accomplished with no works?

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15-17

As Christians we need to not only talk the talk but walk the walk, Jesus called us to not only make disciples but to love, help and support one another. We can’t be truly living Gods Word if we don’t take it into action. We need to remember we are Gods hands and feet, we need to strive to do his will

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? James 2:19-20

Just believing in God is not enough, even Satan knows there is a God yet he doesn’t choose to follow him. This is the difference, your actions and lifestyle truly reflect your faith. Its good to believe but if you truly do believe then you have to put it into action

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

You can call yourself a Christian but unless people see Christ living in you, your religion is worthless. Just like Peter took a leap of faith and followed Jesus to walk on the water, take your leap of faith in your works in Jesus Name Amen

Deception Of Satan

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5

Satan has been deceiving the world since the very beginning, he has waged war on God because he wants to be God. His mission is to manipulate everyone of God’s creation, that is us, and destroy your soul.

He will feed your ego and encourage you to indulge in your lusts and temptations, which ultimately lead to you own self destruction. Still today more people sell their souls to Satan falling for his lies and deception only to dig their own graves

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6

Satan doesn’t appear to you as a beast or monster, him and his demons will disguise themselves to whatever you desire. Once you drink from Satans cup he will enslave you with addiction and disease. He will control you to fulfill his will and then ultimately destroy your soul

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:7

Why did God forbid Adam and Eve to eat from the forbidden fruit? Because God is holy and sin doesn’t come from him, Satan has created sin to entice and destroy humanity. Once Adam and Eve introduced sin into the world, they corrupted humanity and their own souls

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15

But there is Hope and his name is Jesus Christ. God sent his only begotten Son to the cross and there he crushed the head of Satan. When Jesus said “It Is Finished” he defeated death and Satan. The new covenant has been created and we are redeemed in Jesus Name Amen

Birth To Sin

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. James 1:13-14

Many people like to blame God when they fall to sin or temptation, but make no mistake about it God is Holy and doesn’t know sin and he doesn’t tempt us. Sin and Temptation come from Satan, he introduced Sin to the world in the Garden of Eden and mankind has been falling in his trap ever since.

Adam blamed his sin on Eve and then eventually blamed God, you need to understand we are all giving the gift of “Free Will”, if you choose sin, its your choice not Gods.

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:15

We also need to realize sin begins in our minds, when you give birth to sinful thoughts it grows from imagination to reality. This is why we need to be careful what movies and music we are listening to, when you continually have suggestive thoughts of sin, your allowing Satan to enter your mind and tempt you.

As Jesus taught us if something is allowing you to fall or sin, cut it out. You need to guard your heart and not allow yourself to be overcome by temptation and sin.

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:16-17

God does not change, he is the same today, yesterday, and forever. And our God is the holiest of holy, he does not tempt us with sin because he doesn’t know sin. Sin is a trap Satan uses to enslave people which leads to death. Every blessing that you have been giving has come from your Heavenly Father not Sin and Tempation.

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:18

But God has a cure for Sin and its his only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, by the power of his blood he can break every chain and make us new again so we can be worth to stand before our Holy God in Jesus Name Amen