Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Standing on the Promises

Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God.
Hymn: Standing on the Promises by R. Kelso Carter [Verse 2]

The bible is filled with promises from God and they are meant to be used in times of comfort and need. Our loving Father is true to his word, so rest assured that what he said, he will do. These promises do not only help to strengthen our faith but they also provide a shield during tribulation. By an oath we are guaranteed deliverance and restoration for our God cannot lie.

God desires that we live happy and prosperous lives, but even though these promises are given to us for reassurance, they must never be used for selfish gains or be based upon malicious reasons. If we send a request to God with the expectation that our lust for worldly pleasures will be fulfilled, we will forfeit our blessings and in the end profit nothing.

The pledge states, that what is impossible for man is not impossible for God, ask and it will be given to you, and even in dire circumstances you will be protected. Nothing shall rise up against you and prevail.

Isaiah 54:17
Luke 11:9
Luke 18:27
Titus 1:2
Hebrews 6:17-20

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Listening When God Speaks

In the days of old before sin dominated the world, God and man communicated directly. Face to face they would meet daily to discuss the beauty of life and enjoy each other’s company. Sadly however, evil later touched the heart of man, which placed a barrier between the Creator and his creation. Mankind could no long look upon the face God without being struck down immediately.

Yet even then, God still visited with a select few who were open to receive him though only his voice could be heard. Now in this time, with every generation our link with the Father becomes weaker and more corrupted, we have no choice other than to rely on his guidance through thought, with the hope that his energy would continually surround us as we grow older.

Hearing him through the noise of our everyday lives is difficult. He is drowned out, by our busy schedule, when we allow ourselves to be distracted by material desires, when we trust more in humanity than in the divine, by our reluctance to accept righteousness and the belief that we do not need spiritual healing. Arrogance and stubbornness are preventing us from communing with the Lord.

We will not be able to hear the words that are spoken unless we are actually listening. The truth is, we can find the time for everything else, but what should be an integral part of our lives is set aside and forgotten. There is a joy in serving God, so we must take a moment everyday to spend quality time with him. He listens when we speak, he comes when we call for him, it is only fair that we do the same and allow him to say his piece.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Battle for Our Minds

There is a war raging. A battle is being fought that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Two powerful entities are fighting to control the masses. It is a war between good and evil, God and his army versus the forces of Satan, and the battle is for our minds.

Do not for an instant believe that you cannot be influenced to do a wicked deed, we must make a conscious effort to be righteous but sinfulness is in our nature. If we dwell upon the things of this world, being entangled in the web frivolousness, then we will be easily manipulated by the devil.

He knows our weaknesses and because of his smooth and conning approach, if we do not put on that breastplate of righteousness, we would not be able to recognize his act of deception. His aim has always been to blind our view of the holy by twisting the truth, to make immorality seem desirable and wanting to pursue it becomes habitual.

Though we have fleshly bodies that are prone to sin, there is still a line of defence that can keep us on the straight and narrow, and that is in serving God, we must offer up ourselves with a burning desire to do only his will, giving him full authority to inhabit our minds. In doing so, our thinking patterns will be different, and we will achieve a form of perfection through godly behaviour.

Ephesians 6:11-13
Romans 8:4-6
Romans 12:1, 2