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Do You Trust God?

7 Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.

Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. 8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

11“What have you done?” asked Samuel.

Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

13“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

Reading this chapter for my devotion this morning got me asking one question……… Do I Trust God? There has been plenty of times when I’m making decisions that are important and I don’t involve God. I see myself making the same mistakes as Saul trusting my eyes rather than trusting God. It’s easier said than done. God does things on his time. There been times when it look like it may not workout and then I pull the trigger because I fear that He will fail me. As I’m typing this post it sounds real stupid but it’s true.

Saul had the fear of the Philistines coming to attack him and his army. As he was waiting for Samuel to come that fear built up inside that cause him to lose sight that God was there. Once Samuel found out what happen he rebuked him and told him another was coming to replace him. God want us to come to Him for shelter, wisdom, and knowledge.

So I’ll ask the same question to you. Do you trust God? Do we give all our cares to Him or do we put it on our shoulders? Do we trust God to make the impossible possible or do we make the possible impossible? My eyes can be deceiving but I know I can trust my father base on the fact that He sent His son to die for my sins. He loved me before I loved Him.

God Bless

Jesus deep love for us

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:25-27‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

The love that Jesus has for us is very sacrificial. He gave up his life to bring us to him that we may be presented as a holy wife. The book of Hosea paints a vivid picture of how Jesus loves his church. His wife was a prostitute and Hosea went out looking for her and bought his wife back even though she already belong to him. We have been infected by the first Adam mistake and been given a cure through the second Adam. The only way we could get this cure is if Jesus sacrifice his life that we may be cleanse from this disease. It’s important to know that your loved by Jesus because it’s going to help you endure through those days of doubt, unbelief, fear, anxiety, and bring joy, peace, patience and kindness. Jesus wants his church to know how much he loves us and he showed it through his actions.

God bless

Stand firm in your faith

“If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.”‭‭                            Isaiah‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

We are living in a time where Christianity is looked down upon of two reasons: One is because of the standards that is set by Jesus and two is that christians don’t follow these standards. 

The standard that Jesus gave us was to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. In order to love God We need the Holy Spirit to drown us in his love. This love we can’t earn but it’s a gift wrapped up for you. This gift birth love inside of your soul for God and give you that desire to know and to please Him. Even though we have this great love dwelling inside of us we are still in a fallen world with the temptations of pride and selfishness. I say that to say this. Living a godly life doesn’t come easy. It takes effort, sacrifice, and humility to fight against the devil but it is this love that works out these qualities in a Christian. It is love that is our foundation for living a life of faith. 

“For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”                                                                                                                                ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

 The other standard is to love one another as you love yourself. The world we live in now it’s a “all about me” mentality. Most people worship themselves and get irritate if something not done fast enough. Not saying that you shouldn’t have self esteem but getting out of your comfort zone to show patience, kindness and humility should be comfortable. It’s hard to think of these commandments when someone does something wrong towards you and the peer pressure of others telling you to take matters into your own hands is not helping either. Don’t bend your knee to Satan but stand firm in the faith. If you are battling the same sin that keeps tripping you then get back up and keep fighting with the faith that got you here. At first it’s not going to be natural to obey, to be patient, to choose your words carefully but if you don’t start fighting the temptation you will stay defeated. You will overcome if you stand your ground. 

God bless

Building a relationship with God

To build a relationship with God takes many things like communication, trust, time, patience and many more. Sometimes we can lack the effort in our relationship with God. Our relationship mirrors a marriage and if you’re married or even in a relationship with someone you quickly realize that it takes effort to make it work. You put the effort in it not because you have to but because you want to. The difference between effort and works is the same difference between spirit and law. Living by the law is a “have to” life and living by the spirit is a “want to” life. 

In this relationship with God there will be times when you will be tempted to please yourself and to live your life away from God. But when this temptation comes remember the commitment you made with Jesus. 

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Look at Jesus and how he sacrificed his life to bring us closer to God. We was sinners and yet he died that we may have life. Jesus is our example of faith, love, and commitment towards our father. 

“keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Our effort in our relationship with God is a act of love towards Him who loved us first by sending his son to the cross so that we may know our father.  

Building a house on the rock

“”Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24-27‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Where’s your foundation? Is it in Jesus or other things or people? Without the foundation the house will collapse and be destroyed. Jesus gave us this foundation to build on and grow our faith which is obedience. Obedience displays our love for God and our dependence upon God. Love and humility is the recipe for obedience. When the Holy Spirit comes in and fills your heart with the love of God your desires change from pleasing yourself to pleasing him. As a Christian you will recognize your need for God in everyday situations. So you put aside your understanding for God’s wisdom. You submit to the teachings of Jesus because you know he has everlasting life. Check your foundation to make sure there’s no cracks or termites eating away underneath. But if it is damage go to Jesus and have a honest conversation. Tell him “my floors about to cave in and I should’ve told you earlier but I thought I could fix it. Help me!” Believe that He is who He say He is and He rewards those who diligently seek Him. 

Selfishness: live for Christ

and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

2 Corinthians 5:15 NASB

To live for Christ is to do what he did. Jesus died that we may have life; so we must do the same. We must die to ourselves and share this gospel that we’ve been entrusted with. Oftentimes we miss opportunities to preach to people at work or even our own family. As I am typing I’m speaking to myself as well. There’s a lack of urgency on our part to share this life giving gospel. Selfishness can draw us away from serving and caring for others who need Jesus. We have to keep in mind that we no longer live for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

God bless

Let your light shine

​Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NASB
Jesus calls us to be the light in the dark places. To give hope to the hopeless. To be a blessing to others. Everyday you should encourage someone by your actions. Loving others by your deeds and words. That in itself brings light into the darkest heart. Don’t be afraid to be the light God called you to be because someone is depending on you to show them the way. 
God bless

A Powerful Gospel

Through out the new testament we keep hearing about this good news. This gospel that saves people from their sins and the wrath of God. It’s the message of how Jesus came down and humbled himself to die for the whole world so that people may have salvation through him (Jesus). Also what comes in that message is justice. Those who believe in this gospel have been made right in God’s eyes. How can this be? Do I not have to fix myself to be in the presence of God?


Most people think being righteous is doing good works for others but that’s the results of one who have been change by this gospel. This gospel have power to change individuals who believe and Paul was well aware of this.(Rom:1:16) That’s why he was very passionate about pushing this gospel to the ends of this earth. (Philippians 1) But to answer this question: you don’t do the fixing, God does. God’s power changes you from the inside out. Before we believed that Christ was our savior the best we could do is clean the outside of the cup. Which means we can stop acting on sin but our hearts still remain far from God. Even that’s not good enough for a holy and righteous God. OK, how do I know I have this power you talking about?

As Christians we should always examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) The first thing to ask yourself is: what is your attitude towards sin. I’m not asking do you sin but do you hate sin? Does it make your body cringe when you do it or do you make an excuse for sin. Once we have been saved our love for God grows tremendously and it hurts to sin against God because we know how much he sacrificed to get us.

To wrap this up, if there is one point I want to get over to you is that God still saves. Their has not been anyone who is too bad, good,dumb,smart, poor, rich, black, white, pretty, ugly to receive this grace that have been made available to you.
God bless

 

Love that sacrifice 

​No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13 HCSB
That is exactly what Jesus did for us that we may have eternal life. This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent — Jesus Christ. John 17:3 In the same way we should lay down our lives that others may have eternal life through our words, actions, and our character in the power of the Holy Spirit

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