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Press On to the Prize

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

 

The journey of faith can be
long and tiring, but we continue to press on because we know the prize is great. Jesus warned us it wasn’t going to be easy as a Christian, persecution and discrimination are common. But your reward will be great in Heaven, blessed are those who don’t see but still believe.

Your mission from God is a higher calling. Everything you do will greatly impact the eternal future. not only your  but everyone who you touch. Your secular job on Earth is only temporary, but your calling from God is eternal and the results will impact eternity

(Matthew 10:14) “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.”

 

Jesus warned us you might receive opposition to spreading the Gospel, as he said “Shake the dust of your feet” and press on. There will be some who will receive Christ and some who deny him, don’t let the haters ruin your destiny.

Don’t let your past ruin your future. You are renewed thru the blood of Jesus Christ, keep pressing toward your prize in heaven.

(1 Corinthians 9:24) “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”

 

What a strong statement, not only should we press toward our prize but let’s strive to master our craft. Some Christians just do enough to fulfill there requirements, but why not strive to be great? Why not be like David and face a giant with just a sling and stone?

But remember the race is long, brace and prepare yourself for the long haul. There will be trails and tests along the way, keep your peace and remember when to just shake the dust off your feet.

(Romans 8:28) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

 

God loves you and knows the trails you will endure, he will be with you. Just know that all you do will work for the will of God. Remember your reward is not here on Earth but in Heaven, don’t be discouraged by the events you may see.

You have a high calling from God, to serve our Lord Jesus and spread his gospel. No matter what happens, keep pressing on and you’ll receive your prize one day in Heaven in Jesus Name Amen

Got Faith?

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9?

 

Your faith determines everything. For it’s easy for people to say they believe but to really demonstrate that faith is a true test. For we walk by faith and not by sight. Therefore if you have no faith, you don’t walk with The Lord.

The salvation of your soul is based on your faith. God is a just God, therefore would it be fair for everyone receive the same reward. No your reward in heaven is based on your faith level and relationship you have with Jesus.

(Matthew 14:31) “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

 

Peter believed, and when he put his faith in Jesus he walked on the water. But the Peter started to doubt and immediately began to sink. Isn’t this similar to our own lives. We believe and have faith, take a bold step, only to begin to doubt ourselves and begin to sink.

But as he did in this story, Jesus is always there to save us. But you can tell the disappointment in Jesus statement, why do you doubt? Why do we doubt? What more does Jesus have to do for us till we put full faith into him?

(Matthew 17:20) “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

 

It only takes faith the size of the mustard seed to move a mountain, yet we still don’t have enough. Why? What do you have faith in? If you can’t believe in our Lord who saved our life, what do you believe in?

You have the power of the almighty God behind you, the God who created the Heavens and the Earth, who knows every star by name, who knows the number of hairs on your head. Why do you doubt him?

(James 2:17) “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

 

Eventually one day God is going to call you to take a leap of faith. To do something bold to show his glory. This will show your true faith, will you answer his call or ignore him?

Your task from God might seem illogical or maybe even insane to the world, but trust in The Lord and your faith will reward you. So ask yourself do you really have faith? Faith to walk on water or move a mountain or is your faith dead?

 

 

Are you Conforming or Transforming?

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
Are you conforming or transforming? These are the only 2 options in life, you are either following the ways of God or your following the ways of the world.
• The world says Children can be aborted but God says Children are the Heritage of the Lord
• The world says your spouse is a ball and chain but God says A Virtuous Women is the crown of her husband
• The world says you’re weak God says I can do all things thru Christ that gives me strength
• The world says watch your back God says As Iron sharpens Iron so we sharpen one another
When you renew your mind thru Christ you begin to see the world in a whole new light.
(1 John 5:19) “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
Why are the ways of the world so evil? Because the world is under control by Satan. But isn’t the Earth Gods creation, how can Satan control it? Because we allow him to. You see God is our Creator but not a dictator he gives everyone the gift of free will.
So Satan has taken advantage of that free will and convinced people to follow him thru sin. Enticing them that the pleasure of sin are greater than the gift of eternal life.
Satans influence has become so great he has control of the world thru nations, governments, technology, ect. But his control is only enabled by people choosing to follow him.
(1 John 4:4) “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
The Power of Christ within you will give you the strength to overcome this world. Jesus conquered the world when he was raised from the dead, that same power is living inside of you thru the Holy Spirit.
Follow the ways of the world will only lead to your death. Follow Jesus he you will be giving eternal life
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; Ephesians 4:23
But we must renew our minds and not conform to the ways of this world. For we are what we think, when we think evil thoughts as the world you become evil. Keep your mind on the things above in Jesus name Amen

Be Strong and Courageous

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Are you living in fear or do you live with courage? Do you dread facing the day or go in peace? God did not design us to live in fear or be anxious about anything. However Satan has created these chains that bond so many of us. It’s time to break the chains, trust in God and walk with Courage.
(2 Timothy 1:7) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
The spirit of fear is not from God but from Satan. For with God you have nothing to fear. He won’t leave or forsake you. You can tell when someone is a true Christian by their inner Peace and Strength they possess that can only come from God.
(John 14:27) “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”
Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” and his Peace he gives unto us. When we give our life to Christ we get filled with inner peace and strength that cannot be obtained anywhere else. As Jesus told us “Don’t be afraid” Don’t give in to your spirit of Fear, the Lord is with you!
(Psalm 23:4) “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
God is with you even in your darkest hour. Take comfort in knowing he won’t leave you or forsake you. You can walk thru you valley of death with strength and courage because you have the power of the almighty God right beside you.
(Romans 8:15) “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
With God there is nothing to fear, you have received the “Spirit of Adoption” and not the “Spirit of Fear”
Meaning you are a Child of the Most High God, he will keep you under his wing; he carved your name in his hand. Whatever valley of death your walking thru Be Strong and Courageous and do not fear Evil. In Jesus Name Amen

Law of Life

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
Theres two different laws can you be following, Law of Death or Law of Life. There is no escape from this choice; question is which Law will you follow?
Once you understand these laws, then you understand the importance of our Lord Jesus Christ. For without Jesus Christ you will for short of the Glory of God.
(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
There will be fools who will say I don’t need Jesus. But those fools will perish for we can only be worthy of the Kingdom of God thru the salvation of the blood of Jesus Christ. We are all sinners, born to sin. This is the curse put on us by the choice made by Adam and Eve. If you choose on Judgment day to stand before God without Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will fail. Because your sins have not been forgiven and your heart and mind have not been renewed.
(Revelations 5:4) “And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
On Judgment day no one was found worthy to open the Book of Life, except our Savior Jesus Christ. See we need to understand we can’t live without Jesus. We are not worthy to stand before God due to our sins, because sins are not holy and don’t come from God.
But there’s great news, Jesus paid the price for us all. He was the Lamb that was slain to be your sacrifice for your sins. You are redeemed thru Jesus Christ.
(2 Corinthians 5:21) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Jesus the only one to walk this Earth and never sin, took our sins, and redeemed us by his sacrifice on the Cross. We are not righteous thru Jesus Christ. He is the hope to the hopeless.
How can you not love our Lord Jesus Christ? He gave up his life for you, so you can have life forever. Follow him and you are now victorious over the Law of Sin and Death. In Jesus Name Amen

Live with Meaning

For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 1 Peter 1:24
How long do you have to live? Might sound like a morbid question but its reality Most of us go about our daily lives pretending death doesn’t exist or we have endless amounts of time. That’s why it’s important to use your time wisely. Don’t waste your life chasing after money or possessions because as the scripture says they will all fade away. Make every day count; make time for your family.
(1 John 2:17) “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
But there is hope for all of us thru Jesus Christ. He is the only way to eternal life. Everything else in this world will fade away. Satan wants you to waste your time on Earth with worldly pleasures, but your time is valuable. Everything you do you will be held accountable for. How are you spending your days here on Earth? When you pass away what would everyone say about your legacy?
(Proverbs 22:1) “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
What is your legacy? What would your family or children say about you? We all know someone who you can’t think of anything bad to say about them, that’s the person we should strive to be. A good name, when people say your name do they think respectable, loving, caring, giving, ect. This is far more valuable than any money or possessions could buy. How do we achieve this, follow Jesus.
(2 Corinthians 5:22) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Jesus was the only human to walk this Earth that had no sin. Even those who don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah can’t bring a valid claim against him. He showed us how to live and though him we can live forever.
Live your life on this Earth with meaning, follow Jesus to eternal life. Don’t waste your time following temporary pleasures of this world. Create your legacy starting today thru Jesus Christ Amen.

We Will Serve The Lord

 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15

 

We are responsible for leading our families to God. You are called to be Spiritual Leaders for your home. The problems we see in the World today is because we have a lack of households serving The Lord. Moral breakdown in society, without God nobody has accountability for there actions. If we want to change the World we need to start in our homes, is your family serving The Lord?

(Proverbs 22:6) “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

 

If you don’t teach your children then who will? The World? Children are not born with knowledge, they don’t know right from wrong, most importantly they don’t know God. If we don’t teach our Children about God nobody will. The World has removed God from everywhere including schools. Unless you teach your Children about God and The Bible, they will never know.

(Psalms 127:3) “Children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

 

We need to understand and appreciate that Children are Gifts from God. Modern day society likes to depict Children as a burden or being a parent as a death sentence. But it’s actually the opposite. We need to be grateful for our Children and cherish them. But if we neglect them they will not flourish also. We need to teach them the Word of God and let them know they are special and loved by there Heavenly Father.

(Genesis 18:19) “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

 

God chose Abraham to be the Father of many nations, because he knew he would teach his family about God and they would continue his legacy. When you fail to teach your Children about God and be a Spiritual Leader for your household you basically curse your blood line. Because if you Children don’t know God then there Children won’t know God either and so on. Eventually you have Generations of Godless people which bring moral decay to there nation.

(Ephesians 6:4) “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

 

Paul preached about the importance of teaching our Children in a Godly way. When we have knowledge about the Word of God it gives us wisdom we can use to raise our Children. We learn to have the love and mercy of Jesus. But also we understand how much of a blessing our Children are and treat them as blessings.  Children mimic there parents actions, so when we walk with God our children will walk with God also. In Jesus name Amen

Sharper than a Sword

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
There’s a reason why you should study and know the “Word of God” because not only is it full of wisdom and power. But this is a gift from God that is priceless and lead you to eternal life. It’s no surprise why the world is offended by the Word of God because the Word is truth and truth can’t be rebuked.
(2 Peter 1:21) “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Non-believers will try to discredit The Bible by the authors who wrote the Bible. But they don’t understand the Bible was written by God thru humans by the Holy Spirit. Once you understand this you begin to see “The Power of the Word of God” as there is no situation or no problem that can’t be solved using The Bible.
(2 Timothy 3:16) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
The Word of God is not only a great historical resource but we should use for our daily instruction. There is no problem under the sun that God hasn’t seen. If your feeling lonely, depressed, anxious, confused, ect. The Bible has scriptures and stories to guide you thru your daily life:
• Knowledge- Proverbs 3-5:6
• Rest- Matthew 11:28-30
• Overwhelmed Luke 18:27
• Love John 3:16
• Forgiveness Romans 8:1
• Wisdom 1 Corinthians 1:30
• Strength Philippians 4:13
• Fear 2 Timothy 1:7
• Loneliness Hebrews 13:5

(Isaiah 49:2) “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
As the prophet Isaiah said God made his mouth like a Sword. What did he mean? He meant the Holy Spirit came thru him and spoke the powerful “ Words of God” that lead the nation of Israel back to redemption. We have the privilege to already have these Words giving to us in the Bible. Don’t be foolish and squander this gift from God. King Solomon’s only wish to God was to have wisdom, and we have all that wisdom right now. So the question is what are you going to do with this gift? Are you going to use your sword or allow the world to slay you?

The Truth Shall Set You Free

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

We have all heard the saying “The truth shall set you free” at some point in our life, but did you know it was Jesus who said that? What is the truth and how will it make you free?

(John 14:6) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Jesus is the truth. And he is the only one who can set you free. By his sacrifice on the cross he has freed us all from the bondage of death and sin. Without Jesus there is no way heaven or eternal life. Very importantly Jesus tells us nobody will see God without accepting Jesus are your Lord and Savior

(John 1:14) “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

How can Jesus be the truth? Simply Jesus is “The Word”, God made in the flesh.  Every word Jesus told us is the truth and will set you free, but of course we need to have faith. Jesus have given you truth and life but nobody can give your faith.

(Romans 8:2)”For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Jesus Christ has set us from by the law of the Spirit. Man could not escape the punishments of sin caused by Adam . This is why once you know the truth of Jesus Christ you shall be set free. Good deeds and character cannot get you to the father, only thru the blood of Jesus Christ can set you free.

(Galatians 5:1) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”

What is the yoke of slavery? Its sin, as Jesus said we are all slaves to sin. But don’t be burdened for Jesus has set us free. Follow Jesus, break the yoke, listen to the truth and it too shall set you free. In Jesus name Amen

Giving Glory to God (Russell Wilson)

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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With all the issues and legal problems the NFL has experienced over the past year, one player has been a bright star, and his name is Russell Wilson.

Russell Wilson who’s a devout Christian since the age of 14 is very public about his faith, he has been brought to the spotlight by leading a Seattle franchise into the next dynasty. But with all his success he never forgets to give the “Glory to God”

This Sundays Playoff game against Green Bay was no exception, with Wilson throwing 3 interceptions in the first half and being down 16-0 at Halftime, Wilson lead the Seahawks to another miraculous comeback including Wilsons rushing touchdown and converted 2 pt conversion.

After the game Wilson was very emotional breaking down and Thanking God. A touching moment for fellow Christians to see

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/01/russell-wilson-breaks-down-in-tears-during-postgame-interview-after-seahawks-win

(Jeremiah 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.”

Wilson had become a household name after leading Seattle to there franchises first Super Bowl win and a crushing defeat over the highly favorite Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos.

The beginning of his NFL career wasn’t typical, before the draft Seattle went out and signed highly anticipated QB free agent Matt Flynn to a big contract. So when they drafted Wilson in the 3rd round they really had no expectations for him. Neither did the draft experts expect much from Wilson due to his size. But eventually by the end of the preseason Wilson won the starting job and has never looked back.

(Deuteronomy 31:6) “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

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Although Football in the grand scheme of life may not be relevant to everyone it is a sport that touches millions of peoples lives. What a great example the Russell Wilson displays Christ to the world. Thru his professionalism and relentless attitude I believe hes a great role model for our youth and for the NFL in general.

What about you? Are you a living example of Christ to your peers or family? As it says no matter what we do in life remember to Give the Glory to God in Jesus name Amen