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Small Acts of Obedience

I was very much honored when +James Tamara asked me to write a post for his blog. I know that whatever brought him into my path me (or me into his) and this idea had only to be from God. This is how God connects His children, he brings us into each other’s paths so that we may aid one another in our walks and fulfillment of His purpose in our lives.
I’m reminded today of Ananias, who by his act of obedience to the Lord was part of Paul’s conversion. He was commanded by the Lord, to go to Saul of Tarsus and restore his sight after the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Ananias played a small part, but he is part of the story and led to Paul as part of the fulfillment of his destiny.(see Acts 9:10-19)
I am no way comparing myself or James to Paul, we can only hope to serve in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. More to the point I’m focusing on Ananias, his call was for a small action, to go Paul and through the Holy Spirit return his sight. Ananias knew that Paul was chose…

The Consequences of Premarital Sex

The Consequences of Premarital Sex Moral, Physical, and Spiritual In today’s society, we have lost what once were core values in “right living” in the United States. Women were self respecting ladies that kept their sexual nature hidden from the rest of the world, only revealing that nature to her husband. Men treated these ladies as such by opening up doors, pulling out their chairs at restaurants, and walking them to the door of their home after a date. Society has changed into a sex-crazed and sex-driven culture; and the changes have brought societal side effects loaded with risks and consequences when indulging in today’s culture. Moral Consequences When you have multiple partners before marriage, it makes having a valuable relationship in marriage nearly impossible. God designed our bodies to subconsciously form a mental, physical, and spiritual bond with the person we have sex with. There is nothing we can do to stop this natural attachment that is formed during intercourse. Go…

Prayer to the Lord God Almighty

O God, I praise you for all that You are. Your ways are righteous and Your actions just.

You, Lord, Creator of heaven and of earth, look down upon Your humble servant with favor.

Allow Your mercy and grace to rain down on me. Let Your anointing saturate my life. Fill me, O God, with Your Holy Spirit.

Teach me Your ways Father that I may walk in paths of righteousness. Grant me wisdom that I may get to know You better.

I seek Your truth, I love Your precepts, I long for Your peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.

My heart belongs to You Lord. Open the eyes of my heart and fill my soul with Your love, compassion, patience, mercy, understanding,  and grace that I may serve You more completely.

I submit myself to You O God. Allow Your will to be done in my life. Use this lump of clay in which You fashioned by Your mighty hand. Reach down Father and cleanse me by the blood of Christ.

Lead me Lord where You want me to go. Give me strength to carry out Your commands. Give me wisdom …

The Ten Commandments Series- 10th Commandment

Exodus 20:17
You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covert your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, hos ox or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.  (NIV)

Coveting what others have is the gateway sin that can lead to many other acts of sin. There are many ways that coveting what someone else has can get you into trouble.

Continually being focused on having property that someone else owns can lead one into stealing. When we are constantly thinking about something we want or wish to have, our minds become fixed on getting it and the want suddenly turns into a need. We start to feel like we can't live without it. We obsess on doing whatever it takes to get what we want. Think about a time when you wanted something so badly that you would do anything to get it. What did you do? Okay, so maybe you didn't steal it. But did you go into unnecessary debt for it? We are commanded to be good stewards of our money. So you see how c…

The Ten Commandments Series - 9th Commandment

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (NIV)

As believers, we should take the same care and precaution with other's reputations as we do our own. Have you ever been in a situation where someone told you something that was shockingly negative or derogatory about someone else and then you later found out it wasn't true? If so, I hope you didn't jump on the gossip train in that instance. If we are completely honest with ourselves though,  I'm sure we could think of a time when we took the information given about someone as factual, sent it on down the line to someone else, adding our own "did you hear?" or "you're not gonna believe this", only to find out later that what we heard wasn't true to begin with. As followers of Christ,  it is important that we refrain from participating in this sort of thing; we were giving a false testimony!

The law called for the testimony of 2 witnesses in order for a person to be co…

The Ten Commandments Series- 8th Commandment

Exodus 20:15
You shall not steal (NIV)

In Bible times property was tied closely with life and the survival there of. The loss of one's crops could produce major hardship. In the days of Exodus,  property didn't just have a monetary value, but it was held in high regard and thought of to be sacred because it was their inheritance from God. God gave specific instructions on which lot of property each tribe was to receive and what each tribe was to do with their lot.

Like property,  personal articles were also held in high regard. Like we should today, the Israelite believed that everything came from the hand of God. For one to steal was despicable and if found guilty of stealing, one could be put to death.

I think we can all agree that stealing is an act that society as a whole still despises today. We work hard for what we have and we don't want anyone coming along and taking what we have worked so hard to obtain. Let's think about the subtle ways that people steal in m…

Father to Father

2 Samuel 7:14
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity,  I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men.

Fathers have a very important role in the lives of their children. In fact, most of the values that children get from their parents comes from their father. Children look up to their fathers. They often want to emulate what they see their fathers doing. What is cool about that is that's what Jesus did, whatever he heard the Father saying or saw the Father doing.

We look to our dads for secuirty, support, and stability. We also look to our dads for friendship and good advice. Our dad is usually the one that shows us how to do cool stuff like building something,  fixing something,  mowing the lawn, riding a bike, and tons of other things. We trust our dad to show us the right way and lead us in the right direction.

We tend to think that our dad is the strongest person in the world. No one can beat up our dad. We thin…

When the Gospel Makes Sense

Be Real in Faith

John 16:33
I have told you these things,so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (NIV)

Jesus told us that we would have trouble in the world. He didn't promise a rose garden. I didn't know it could be this hard. I don't know about you friend, but I struggle and sin. I always thought that once I gave my life to Christ, everything would get easy. That is not so. In fact, it actually got harder. The things that I use to do and was never bothered by, those things now bother me. I face so many temptations that it seems unreal. There are so many attacks that come at me to try to get me to lose or even abandon my faith. It's a down right struggle sometimes. I often catch myself wondering how I will get through it.

Before giving my life to Christ, I always thought that being a Christian would be "the easy life". No one told me that I was going to be faced with an onslaught from the enemy. I real…

Walking the Walk

Romans 1:5
Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

Back in October of 2013, the Lord laid heavy upon my heart the need to tithe faithfully. I had tithed in the past as I saw an ability to do so. I started tithing faithfully and soon after starting,  I had a big change in my tithing paradigm. I went from asking how I could afford to tithe to asking how can I afford NOT to tithe. Little did I know, this was the first small step in a giant leap of faith.

In January of this year, the Lord started to lay heavy upon my heart to leave my job which I had worked for almost seven years. This took a lot of dealing with before I could even come close to making a decision. You see I have felt the calling of preaching on my life for over 18 years. This was something I spent more time running from than I did working on how to answer the call. I believe that my running was the cause f…

The Ten Commandments Series- 7th Commandment

Exodus 20:14
You shall not commit adultery.

Many people today do not view marriage as a sacred union. It does not take much investigation to find the devastating results of that fact. God put us in relationships with one another. There is no more desired, no more complete, and no more fulfilling relationship than that of a marriage between a man and a woman. Think about the intimate secrets that you share with your husband or your wife. I cannot think of a person that knows me better than my wife knows me. Think about the trust and the bond that is formed between a husband and a wife. Think about how one or both committing acts of adultery and how that can destroy the marital covenant. Destroy is exactly what adultery does. It rips apart those sacred bonds and leaves the emotions of all involved in shreds. Adultery not only affects the people committing the sin, but it also affects the children,  the other spouse,  and other family members as well. Adultery is a selfish and self servi…